The importation of cheap sugar and allegedly dumping it in the country is affecting the sugar sector, said sugarcane farmers from Kenya. The farmers have appealed to the National Assembly’s Committee on Agriculture to set up an inquiry.
On the other hand, the Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya has defended the government’s stand of importing sugar. He has issued a statement stating that the country is facing a deficit of 210,163 tonnes this year.
According to the media report, the decision for reversal of ban on importation was informed by the fact that the country does not produce enough sugar to satisfy domestic consumption, thus the deficit can only be bridged through imports.
Kenya Sugarcane Growers Association (Kesga) Secretary-General Richard Ogendo said that the net effect of this has seen stocks building at the warehouses of the millers and forcing the factory prices to decline at an alarming rat