Kenya sugarcane farmers welcome hike in sugarcane prices

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Sugarcane farmers from Kenyan Coast have welcomed the government’s decision to increase cane prices.

David Ndiranu, chairman, Kwale Sugarcane Growers Association said that the farmers are happy and are expecting to increase their revenue by selling cane to the millers.

There are around 1000 sugarcane farmers in Kwale that supply cane to the Kwale International Sugar Company (Kiscol) which was set up after the closure of the Ramisi Sugar Company.

The decision will boost the farmers who are suffering financially since the Covid-19 pandemic hit them hard, said Ndirangu.

Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya last week had announced the increase in sugar prices from Sh3,700 to Sh4,040 effective from April 1, 2021 as per the decision taken by the interim sugarcane pricing committee set up by his ministry.

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