Kenya: Sugar mills halt crushing due to technical glitches


The problems of sugarcane farmers and transporters have increased following the breakdown of the two sugar mills in Kisumu.

The trucks are waiting in queue to unload the cane in the mill premises. The farmers in the Nyando sugar belt are facing problems as they are unable to sell the sugarcane to the sugar mills as they have stopped operations due to some technical issues.

The truck drivers have been waiting for offloading cane at West Kenya Company for the last five days.

Kibos Sugar Company has stopped operations due to problems in the machinery and stated that the mill won’t accept sugarcane anymore.
A farmer from the region said that since the mill halted operations we are facing problems as to where to sell sugarcane we have grown in the fields.

The harvesting and transport manager of Kibos Sugar has written a letter dated August 27 that the mill has faced breakdown due to glitches in turbines and farmers need not send their cane to the mill till further instructions.

The letter further instructs farmers to take away the trucks loaded with sugarcane halted outside the mill premises.


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