Kenya: Sugar price rises as factories face interruptions


Prices of sugar in the domestic market have increased by Sh30 as the factories are facing breakdown and shut for maintenance of the machines.

The sugar prices are increasing when the country has lowered the sugar import from the Common Market for Eastern and South Africa (Comesa) to protect the interests of the cane farmers.

In August a two-kg packet of sugar was sold at Sh200, and now consumers have to pay Sh240 in the retail market.

Both Chemilil and Kibos sugar mills have stopped operations due to breakdown and operational issues impacting the production of sugar across the country.

Agriculture Principal Secretary Hamadi Boga said, “The maintenance activities of the sugar mills are affecting the sugar production.”
The closure of factories has impacted the sugarcane grown in the fields and around 14,000 tonnes of the cane crop is drying in the farms and loaded on trucks waiting for crushing.

A trader from Nairobi said, “Following the increase in the sugar price in the market we are adjusting the prices with the old rates.”

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