Kakamega County Governor Fernandes Barasa

Governor Barasa rejects new sugar sector payment system

Kakamega County Governor Fernandes Barasa, has taken a firm stance alongside other leaders in Western Kenya against the newly introduced sugar tax payment system. The directive mandates farmers to present e-TIMS invoices for every cane delivered to factories before receiving payment, a move vehemently opposed by governor Barasa and his allies. The Kenya Revenue Authority…

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Butali Sugar Mills

Miller launches farmers’ education programme to boost sugarcane production

Butali Sugar Mills’ management has embarked on a vigorous education programme to educate and train farmers on best cane farming practices following reopening after a three-month closure over insufficient sugarcane supply. The factory has dispatched a team of agricultural experts who are visiting different zones to meet farmers and educate them on how to prepare…

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CoG submits recommendations for review of National Assembly 2022 Sugar Bill

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….

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Industry stakeholders laud Govt’s move to pump Ksh117B in sugar sub-sector

Stakeholders in the sugar sub-sector have lauded the government’s move to approve a Ksh117 billion bailout for South Nyanza Sugar (SONY), Nzoia Sugar, Muhoroni, Chemelil, Miwani, and Mumias Sugar companies. Through the Kenya Sugar Growers Association (KESGA), the stakeholders noted that the move would enable millers to clear outstanding debts and become organized as they…

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Stakeholders call for urgent implementation of reforms to revive sugar sub-sector

The Lake Region Economic Bloc (LREB) has called for the implementation of the past recommendations seeking to revive the ailing sugar sub-sector. Speaking during a sugar summit in Kakamega, LREB chairperson Professor Peter Anyang Nyong’o said the resolutions, such as those contained in the 2019 Sugar Industry Stakeholders Task Force Report were good hence the…

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Redefine role of Saccos in new sugar law, stakeholders urge Govt

Leaders and farmers from the sugar belt want the role of Saccos redefined in the new sugar law to drive sugarcane development activities. Speaking during a sugar summit held in Kakamega, the leaders proposed that Saccos and outgrowers companies be the key drivers in sugar development and management. “Notable cane out growers companies and Saccos…

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Sugar industry workers demand clearance of salary arrears before sector reforms

Kenya Union of Sugar Plantation and Allied Workers (KUSPAW) has demanded the clearance of outstanding salary arrears before any further reforms or changes are made in the sugar sub-sector. During the National Assembly joint committee meeting on Finance, National Planning & Agriculture co- chaired by Dr. John Mutunga and Kuria Kimani, the workers said the…

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