TEMPORARY REPRIEVE FOR AILING SUGAR MILLS
Cane growing farmers in the western region have petitioned the Government to write off debts owned by sugar companies in the bloc.
This comes after the Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri issued a warning that the government was ready to shutdown sugar mills that struggled to operate after unsuccessful bailout attempts.
He was speaking in Muhoroni where he addressed farmers on the aggressive restructuring policy the government had adopted to revive the ailing sugar industry.
Kiunjuri also defended the composition of the 15-member sugar task force committee tasked with finding solutions in the sugar sector within 30 days.
The task force is co-chaired by the CS and Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya. Other members include Governors Okoth Obado (Migori) and Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o (Kisumu), a representative of public millers and two representatives from private millers among others.
The government he said, was the in the process of reviewing plans to resuscitate ailing sugar mills and stringent measures had be adopted to make the sector profitable again.
He had earlier visited the Kisumu National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) depot where he revealed that the facility had received 600,000 bags of maize against its total capacity of 900,000 bags.
The visit was part of an inter -ministerial inspection mission ahead of a planned countrywide visit to all depots to ascertain the safety of maize being stored.