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Kenya has witnessed a hike in sugar imports by 144 per cent in the first four months of the year compared with the same period in 2018. The reason cited for this is decline is local sugar production.
Imports between January and April stood at 150,302 tonnes compared with 61,516 in the corresponding period last year, said Sugar Directorate.
The decline is also attributed to the release of sugar that had been confiscated by the government during the crackdown on illegal sweetener last year.
Closure of Mumias and Kwale sugar companies also affected the sugar output in the country.
Recently, Kenya has agreed to increase sugar imports from Uganda from 36,000 tonnes to 90,000 tonnes per year.