Nyando Sugar Belt farmers read mischief in governors opposing sugar laws

Written By: Allan Aoko
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A section of Sugarcane Farmers from the Nyando Sugar Belt has questioned the Council of Governors’ rationale to oppose the 2020 Sugar Regulations gazetted by Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya.

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The farmers under Kenya National Alliance of Sugarcane Farmers Organization say the new regulations seek to among others protect sugarcane farmers from cheap imports that have crippled the local millers.

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The Council of Governors in a joint Communique issued last week took issue with the proposed reforms on tea and sugar initiated by the Ministry of Agriculture.

The Council argued that agriculture was a devolved function and some regulations would hurt farmers, in the long run, calling for a fresh round of stakeholder consultation before implementation.

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However, cane farmers from the Nyando sugar-belt that comprises the counties of Nandi, Kericho and Kisumu are backing the new regulations on account that the reforms were long overdue.

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Despite hurdles in the implementation of the new regulations, the farmers want the ban on the importation of cane enforced.

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Among other measures, the 2020 regulations directs millers to pay farmers within a week of cane delivery.

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