Kenya: Cheap sugar import causes trouble for Nzoia sugar company

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The farmers have given a deadline of 14 days to the Nzoia sugar company to pay their bills else they will boycott the cane supply to the mill.

The Kenya National Federation of Sugarcane Farmers (KNFSF) stated that if a company fails to pay the farmers, then they will go for strike. Stefen Walpui, KNFSF branch chairman from Bungoma said, the company owes sh300 million as pending arrears and should pay it before commencing talks on privatization. We have informed concerned authorities about the strike for arrears,”

According to the news reports, Joash Warang’ Oli, Chairman of the Nzoia company, confirmed that the company owes farmers. He said, “Import of cheap sugar, lack of cane for crushing and falling market created a problem for them, which has impacted the company’s financial situation. We are aware of the problems and will soon take steps to clear arrears.”

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