NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Kenya plans to promote sugar cane
cultivation in order to eliminate sugar imports in the
next five years.
and Food Authority (AFA) Interim Director General,
Alfred Busolo told journalists in Nairobi that the area
under cultivation has been decreasing over the past
decade as most sugar millers were not able to pay
farmers promptly for sugar cane delivered.
developed a strategy to revive the sugar sector by
focusing on expanding area under sugar cane production,”
Busolo said during a tea packers’ symposium.
government projects that sugar production in 2017, will
hit 600,000 metric tons against an annual consumption of
will be bridged through imports from the Common Market
for Eastern and Southern Africa bloc of which Kenya is a
AFA, the sugar deficit is likely to continue to expand
if urgent interventions are not implemented.
African nation’s sugar miller are currently operating at
between 30 to 50 percent capacity due to lack of
sugarcane to crush to produce sugar.
“But if the
sugar factories can achieve a 70 percent capacity, Kenya
will be self sufficient in sugar production,” said the
that most sugar millers in Kenya are government owned
and therefore are very inefficient.
initiated a process to privatize the public sugar
millers but the courts have temporarily halted the
move,” he added.