Kenyan sugar mills face stiff competition with cheap imports

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Sugar mills in Kenya are facing stiff competition from the cheap sugar import from neighbouring countries.

According to the media report, Kenya is yet to put a request to the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) for an extension of a sugar import moratorium ahead of expiry of the safeguards.

Last year the country received a 12-month extension which would expire by February 2021. This would impact the local sugar mills and the crisis would intensify in the country.

Comesa has asked the government to speed up the sale of the sugar stocks from the local sugar industry to reduce the competition from the sugar import.

If Kenya fails to secure extension, then the local markets would flood with the cheap sugar from the nearby region. Kenya says that the country is in the process of privatising state-owned millers.

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