The Chairman of the Council of Governors Wycliffe Oparanya has blamed Cartels for the illegal importation of Sugar in the country.
Oparanya says the illegal importation continues to have negative impact on the local industry.
“Sugar Barons are the cause of Sugar importation crisis, we are introducing a Bill in Parliament through a Private Bill from Hon MP Wafula Wamunyinyi from Kandui and we have met with CS Peter Munya for amendments, the bill is now before the National Assembly and hopeful it will be ready within one month,” He said.
The Kakamega Governor said The Sugar Bill will stipulate the mechanism on sugar importation. Key stake holders including Farmers & Millers, Consumers, County Governments, National Government as well as Institutions will have a say on sugar Importation in a bid to protect farmers.
Oparanya who also chaired the Sugar Task Force also welcomed the removal of sugarcane zoning as indicated in the gazetted Crop Regulation Act 2020, saying the contentious issue regarding limitation had been a setback in the sugar industry in the Country.
His reaction comes barely a week after leaders from Western, Nyanza & Transzoia Regions threatened to storm the Busia/Malaba border points to protest the illegal smuggling of cheap sugar into the Country through the entry points.
Kenya National Farmers’ Federation (KENAFF) CEO Dr. Mwendah Mailutha said the illegal sugar importation has affected farmers over the years and called on CS Agriculture CS to act decisively.
“We need to focus not just on production but productivity. Governments need to see what inputs do farmers need and subsidize them for the sake of farmers,” He said.