Sugar imports rise 64 per cent in Kenya


Sugar industry in Kenya is suffering from grim situation after many mills shut their operations. According to the Sugar Directorate, sugar imports have increased 64 per cent this year in 10 months as compared with the same period last year.

The imports between January to October in 2019 was 355,477 tonnes as against 213,496 tonnes last year. The production declined 10 per cent due to poor performance of most of the factories and closures of mills.

The country faced drought in 2017/18, which has impacted the sugar output and the industry is yet to recover from the same. Also, shut down of Mumias, Chemelil, and Kwale Sugar Company deteriorate the condition. Many sugar mills failed to operate due to scarcity of sugarcane, which has affected the sugar output.

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