Your are here  » Home   » Nyanza

Cane farmers walk out of meeting on proposed law

By By KEVINE OMOLLO Updated Friday, October 25th 2013 at 00:00 GMT +3
Share this story:
Google Plus


Kisumu County: Over 400 farmers from Western Kenya stormed out of sugarcane stakeholders meeting called by the Ministry of Agriculture in Kisumu to discuss the Agriculture Fisheries and Food Authority Bill (Affa) 2013.

The farmers, who accused the Government of taking them for a ride, said they had previously proposed that sugarcane be exempted from the Act but their views had been ignored.

Kenya Sugar Growers Association (Kesga) Secretary Richard Ogendo led the protest at the middle of the meeting held yesterday, at a Kisumu hotel bringing together stakeholders in the sugar industry.

“With this law, specialisation is lost. The proposed law is oppressive, unconstitutional and discriminative to the cane farmers,” said Ogendo.

The farmers gave the ministry two weeks to remove sugarcane from the proposed law or face the wrath of farmers.

Ogendo said there was no public participation in drafting the Bill and called on Parliament to reject it and push for self-regulation in the sugarcane industry.

“Fish and livestock moved out of Affa. We must know why the Government insist on sugarcane to be part of it,” said Ogendo.

compromise effectiveness

He said the law gives the President and the Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture direct roles in the appointment of the Kenya Sugar Board Directors, a situation which could compromise effectiveness of their services to the farmers.

Kesga also hit out at the Government for alleged failure to resolve problems that have dogged the industry over the years.

“The sugar industry has been grappling with a lot of problems such as pricing, zoning and cane poaching all which have not been satisfactorily addressed. The question now is, if we consolidate several crops under one banner, will we ever solve all these issues?” posed said Kesga National Chairman Juma Ibrahim.

GO TO PAGE 1 2 Next »
Do you have something to add to this story? Comment here.
Comment Policy
KTN Weekend Prime Full Bulletin 13th Feb 2016
KTN Weekend Prime Sports 13th February, 2016
INVENTION: Homemade non-electric machine used for washing in Kakamega
Cord leaders take a swipe at Jubilee’s administration
Seven people killed in Mazeras crash
Mini polls ‘gauge party strength’ in Bomet’s By-Election