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Millers call for tougher rules on cane poaching

A tractor delivers cane a sugar factory in Western Kenya. file photo | nmg
A tractor delivers cane a sugar factory in Western Kenya. file photo | nmg 

Sugar milling companies in western Kenya want new regulations to cut losses caused by shortage of raw materials due to rampant poaching of cane.

The millers have petitioned Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett to gazette new guidelines on cane poaching to streamline operations in the sugar sector and cushion farmers from losses.

Nzoia Company board of management chairman Joash Wamang’oli said the milling firm lost over Sh2 billion in the past two years as a result of cane poaching. He added that introduction of new regulations would help address the vice.

“We want zoning reintroduced since we  have lost a lot of cane to our rival factories through cane poaching which has impacted negatively on the steady supply of our raw materials,” disclosed Mr Wamang’oli. He blamed barons in the sugar sector for frustrating  gazettement of the new laws.

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