Trans Nzoia is considering enacting a law that will bar farmers in the county from planting sugarcane, arguing the crop is unprofitable.
Governor Patrick Khaemba said he would not accept sugarcane farming despite his government efforts to urge locals diversify from cultivation of maize.
He said his government would be compelled to enact legislation to stop growing of the cash crop in the county.
“Agents of sugarcane farming are also agents of poverty. You can clearly see the pathetic livelihoods of locals in sugarcane growing zones,” said Mr Khaemba.
Farmers have protested the plans.