Kenya: Sugar mills to be fined if they delay cane payment


The Kenyan Parliament is planning to make changes in a law to penalize the sugar mills if they delay cane payment to farmers. The government plans to take this step to protect the sugarcane farmers in the country.

Last week the Parliament approved changes to the Sugar Bill 2019, according to which the millers will be given a time limit to pay farmers their dues else they would have to pay a fine. The changes state that Clause 33 of the Bill be amended inserting the following new paragraph, maximum period within which farmers are to be paid for sugar crop delivered and penalties for delayed payments

The bill now awaits the President’s assent to become a law that will protect the sugarcane farmers.

The government has leased several sugar mills to the private operators, in a bid to revive them, as the cash strapped mills owe billions of shillings to the cane farmers.



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