Kenya witnesses increase in sugar import despite improved local production

Kenya has witnessed a 19 per cent hike in the sugar importation in the first six months of the year as compared with last year despite the increase in domestic production.

As per the sugar Directorate, the sugar import from January to June this year stood at 237,581 tonnes as against 200,442 tonnes in the same period last year.

The local production has been increased by 22 per cent due to a hike in the yield and improvement in sugarcane supply sugar mills.

After the local sugar industry complaints of surplus sugar, Agriculture Cabinet secretary Peter Munya banned imports of sugar a month ago and revoked all the import permits that were current.

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