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Kenya’s sugar imports up 36pc in four months on shortage

A man shops for sugar. FILE PHOTO | NMG
A man shops for sugar. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Sugar imports in the first four months of the year rose 36 per cent compared with the same period last year as the government issued more licences to help bridge a deficit following low local supply.

A report by the Sugar Directorate indicates the volume of imported sugar grew from 97,320 tonnes early last year to 131,846 tonnes from January to April this year.

Kenya imported the sugar from the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) free trade bloc, the East African Community (EAC), and other countries.

“Sugar imports in April comprised 14,742 tonnes table and 10,256 refined (industrial), Comesa gave 1,500 tonnes while EAC provided 2,550 tonnes, non-Comesa countries gave 6,332 tonnes,” says the report.