Kenya: Sugarcane farmers demand imposition of import regulations to stop sugar smuggling

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Kenya: Sugarcane farmers have demanded the government to implement the import regulations and seal the porous borders to keep a check on the smuggling of the sugar in the country.

The sugar from neighbouring countries enters Kenya through borders which impact the local market. They have raised the issue to some of the Comesa (Common Market for East South Africa) member countries for abusing the rules.

Michael Arum of Kenya National Alliance of Sugarcane Farmers Organisation (KNASFO) said, “The sugar from other countries come into the Kenyan market and the sugar from local millers are piled in warehouses.”

According to officials, the increased production cost of sugar has affected the local producers who cannot compete with the imported sugar which is available at a low rate.

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