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September 25, 2018

Zoning will hurt cane farmers, private millers, says Khalwale

Tractors carrying sugar canes drive to an open yard within the Mumias sugar factory in western Kenya February 24, 2015. In the sugar cane fields of western Kenya, farmers complain that falling prices mean they can barely make ends meet. Yet rival African producers can still offer cheaper supplies. With much of the production coming from small rain-fed plots rather than large irrigated plantations, costs are much higher than Kenya's competitors. To match Africa Business KENYA-SUGAR/ Picture taken February...
Tractors carrying sugar canes drive to an open yard within the Mumias sugar factory in western Kenya February 24, 2015. In the sugar cane fields of western Kenya, farmers complain that falling prices mean they can barely make ends meet. Yet rival African producers can still offer cheaper supplies. With much of the production coming from small rain-fed plots rather than large irrigated plantations, costs are much higher than Kenya's competitors. To match Africa Business KENYA-SUGAR/ Picture taken February 24, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

Former Kakamega senator Boni Khalwale has opposed reintroduction of zoning within the sugar belts.

He said farmers and private millers such as Butali and West Kenya would suffer. “Why is zoning not imposed on maize so farmers in Trans Nzoia only sell their produce to millers within their county?” he asked.

Khalwale urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to stop its implementation. Public millers had blamed cane poaching for their financial woes. They said supplies to their factories had significantly reduced and demanded zoning to protect their out-grower territories.

 

 

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