Wakora network? Sugar farmers yet to receive despite government assurance


The government is yet to pay Sugar farmers despite assurances hat payments have already been processed.

This is after Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri on Monday confirmed payment of Sh2.7 billion to sugar canes farmers started on Friday last week.

His statement was echoed by the Kenya National Federation of Sugarcane Farmers deputy Secretary Simon Wesechere who said farmers will now get their payments from Wednesday.

ODM party leader Raila Odinga however expressed concern over the fact that the sugar industry in Kenya has come down on its knees because of mismanagement and corruption.

“This is an issue that we need to deal with generally as a country because other industries which are dependent on the sugar industry have collapsed including the molasses plant in Kisumu.”

Kiunjuri said a meeting by leaders in the region on March 11 will help churn a way forward.

“We hope the Monday meeting will be the last nail to the coffin. We want to ensure that this problem will be history and that in few months to come farmers be able to get value for their sweat and smile to the bank,” said Kiunjuri.

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