Kenya: Cane farmers ready to welcome any investor who will revive Mumias Sugar Company

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Sugarcane farmers want the revival of the Mumias Sugar Company and they are ready to welcome anyone who is investing in the revival of the company.

The revival of the sugar mill will resolve the financial problems of cane growers and address the issue of job losses due to the closure of the company.

Farmers are not concerned that who the investor is but want the company to start operations so that they could send their cane for crushing and are paid for the same, said Bonny Wangwe from Navakholo subcounty.

The closure of the company has affected the financial condition of the farmers and they are not even able to pay school fees for their children, he said.

He said, “The process of identifying investors is going on and we expect the investor should take care of the farmers’ issues like late payments and proper weighing of the cane.”

Simon Wesechere, deputy secretary, Kenya National Federation of Sugarcane Farmers said, the revival of the company should be done by investors keeping in view the betterment of farmers and this should not become a political issue for 2022 elections.

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