The Council of Governors (CoG) has submitted the legislative memorandum on the National Assembly 2022 Sugar Bill to the Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries chaired by Kirinyaga county Senator James Murango for consideration.
The document was presented by Bungoma Governor Kenneth Lusaka in his capacity as the Chair of the Agriculture Committee.
In the submissions, CoG seeks to review the Bill to incorporate the devolved functions of the county governments on agriculture, trade and infrastructure.
It also opines that the bill didn’t factor in the coordinated action and approach in the revitalization of the ailing sugar industry between the national and county governments and other stakeholders for the benefit of sugar cane farmers.
The governors proposed: interpretation on licence to align to the provisions of the Bill; county governments to license millers while the Board licenses importers and exporters; the Sugar Board to register and license sugar and jiggery mills, exporters, importers and dealers and to oversee policies, plans and programs of work for the development of the industry; the county governments to formulate and implement the County sugar sub sector strategic plan and respective County Executive Committee Members to issue licence for sugar mills, warehouses or a jaggery mill as prescribed, among other recommendations.
By Fredrick Odiero
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