Nairobi: Kenya Association of Manufacturers has called for the revival of the sugar industry.
They made the demand during the launch of the KAM Sugar Sub-Sector Strategic Plan that aims to guide the industry’s development and sustainability.
Dr Lawrence Karanja, Chief Administrative Secretary, Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and Enterprise Development said that the government is committed to revive the sugar industry.
“We are committed to the development of the sugar industry and increase the industry’s competitiveness. This requires a multisectoral approach and we are collaborating with different Ministries and Agencies to develop the sector. Currently, we are implementing the findings of the Sugar Taskforce report to take combined efforts to revive the sugar sector,” he said.
Mucai Kunyiha, Chairperson of KAM said, “Sugar industry is facing challenges that are hindering its revival. Excess importation, limited research and development, sugar dumping and weak regulator mechanism has impacted the industry’s growth. We should take steps to make the industry competitive at local level, regional and international level,” he further added.