Kenya imports more sugar

Sugar mills in Kenya are struggling to revive due to various factors, and also the closure of several sugar mills in the country have impacted the sugar production. It has led to 8 per cent reduction in sugar output, following which Kenya was forced to increase sugar import.

According to the reports, sugar production between January and September declined to 335,992 tons compared with 366,398 tons during the same period last year. Also, the sugar import surged to 324,055 tonnes from 190,084 tonnes. The decline in sugar production was attributed to less production by sugar mills.

The country faced drought in 2017/18, which has impacted the sugar output and the industry is yet to recover from the same. Also, shut down of Mumias, Chemelil, and Kwale Sugar Company deteriorate the condition. Many sugar mills failed to operate due to scarcity of sugarcane, which has affected the sugar output.

Recently, Sugar mills in Kenya asked for a ban on sugar importation in Kenya as they claimed that they are facing huge losses due to the cheap imports from other countries.

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