By Robert Wanyonyi
During a meeting with millers at the Provincial Administration offices in Kakamega, new guidelines were released to regulate the industry that had seen a rise in criminal activities as millers battle for raw material.
The meeting at the PC’s offices brought together managers from Mumias, Nzoia, West Kenya, and Butali Sugar companies.
Among the resolutions is that a miller wishing to harvest cane in a rival’s zone is first required to submit a list of farmers targeted to ascertain whether such farmers are contracted elsewhere.
Wasilwa regretted recent skirmishes in Busia County in Mumias Sugar Company zone in which two people were killed, a tractor burnt and property worth millions of shillings destroyed.
“We are hoping the Provincial Administration and the industry regulator, the Kenya Sugar Board (KSB) will ensure that sugar companies operate within the law,” urged Wasilwa.
He announced that Nzoia Sugar Company (NSC) has, in a period of only one year, recovered stolen cane worth Sh8 million, money, which the firm has already paid back to the affected farmers contrary to earlier claims that the monies were being put in private accounts.
Mumias Sugar Company (MSC) Managing Director Peter Kebati advised cane farmers against being enticed with “quick-win” situation preached by millers engaged in cane theft. He said sugar companies like MSC and NSC have pumped millions of shillings into cane development.?