Pay farmers well, sugarcane factories told
KAKAMEGA Monday, July 12, 2011
By Chris Mahandara.
Sugar cane factories in Western province have been asked to increase the price of sugar cane from Sh. 3, 300 per tonne to Sh. 3, 800 per tonne to reflect the increased price of sugar in the market.
Ikolomani Member of Parliament (MP) Dr. Boni Khalwale said the factories were making millions out of the new prices at the expense of impoverished farmers.
The MP said as the price of sugar increases, the factories are supposed to adjust the price of sugar cane per tonne to be in tandem with the new prices.
Speaking to KNA today, the legislator urged the Kenya Sugar Board to give farmers money from the Sugar Development Levy to build bridges and roads to reduce the cost of production.
He added that some factories were using security officers to block farmers from selling sugar cane to factories that are paying well.
This, he said was illegal adding that farmers were free to sell their sugar cane to any factory that they wish.
He asked District Commissioner for Kakamega South and Kakamega North districts to take action against administration officers found engaging in the vice.