Kenyan government increases sugar imports to address shortage

The Agriculture and Food Authority is blaming traders for the biting shortage of sugar in the country.

Besides drought which affected cane production in the country, the authority says wholesalers and distributors have been holding sugar affecting the market.

“Distributors and wholesalers holding sugar should release the stocks into the market immediately,” said Alfred Busolo, Interim Director General for the Agriculture and Food Authority.

He said the government has enhanced imports and in the next 2-3 weeks State will receive 40,000MT of sugar from COMESA countries. A further consignment of 60,000MT is expected in the next two months to address the shortage.

He further said that local mills will also receive all the cane that is ready for harvesting within the milling zones for processing so as to increase sugar stocks. “The millers will also release all the stocks they are currently holding into the market.”

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