Construction of a new sugar factory by a private company spending Sh2.8 billion would benefit farmers in Kericho, Nandi and Kisumu counties, reports Nation.africa.
The West Valley Sugar Factory has a crushing capacity of 1,500 tonnes of sugarcane per day equivalent to 2,500 bags of sugar will be opening in August. The mill would directly market 6,000 cane farmers in the catchment area.
Benard Soi, managing director of the company said, “We have completed 85% of the construction and the factory will be ready to start operations in August. It can process 2,500 tonnes of sugarcane per day.”
The factory would generate local employment and provide a market for fresh farm produce, he said, urging the farmers to support the management of the factory.
The company expects to produce sugarcane from 1,500 nucleus farms in the area and will engage more than 6,000 small-scale farmers.