Kenya bans sugar import to protect local sugar industry

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The Kenya government has banned the importation of brown sugar with an aim to protect the local sugar industry. Peter Munya, Agriculture Cabinet secretary said, “As a major step to help ailing sugar mills, government has cancelled the sugar importation licence with immediate effect.”

The decision was immediately taken after President Uhuru Kenyatta met the leaders from Western Kenya and discussed the plight of sugar sector including Mumias and Nzoia sugar mills.

Presidential Strategic Communications Unit (PSCU) said in a statement, “The Head of State assured the leaders of the Government’s commitment to reviving the sector by fast tracking the implementation of the sugar taskforce report.”

The taskforce chaired by Agriculture CS Peter Munya and Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya has made several recommendations including writing off debts of millers. The report has recommended the government to stop import of sugar that is killing the local sugar sector.

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