Kenya has witnessed a reduction in sugar production. According to the Sugar Directorate, from January to August this year, Kenya produced 302,627 metric tonnes. It is 7 per cent down from the 325,673 tonnes produced over the same time last year.
The country faced drought in 2017/18, which has impacted the sugar output and the industry is yet to recover from the same. Also, the decline in sugar production was attributed to less production by sugar mills. 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. Only five factories, Transmara, Sukari, Butali, Kibos and West Kenya Sugar Companies operated throughout the month.
Recently, Sugar mills in Kenya asked for a ban on sugar importation in Kenya as they claimed that they are facing huge losses due to the cheap imports from other countries.
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