Nzoia Sugar Company is expected to resume its milling operations on 4th December 2023 at a crushing capacity of one thousand five hundred tons per day after conductors some minor repairs to the factory machines.
This comes after a four month break from 24th july2023. The break came after a directive by Agricultural Food Authority AFA to millers in Western Kenya and Nyando regions to cease milling operations to allow sugarcane to mature.
Speaking to the media on Tuesday afternoon, the Chairman of the board of Directors of the Company Mr. Alfred Khang’ati assured the stakeholders that they have put in place strategies to ensure activities run smoothly in the company.
He further asked the farmers to deliver cane to the factory saying the price has improved drastically.
Khang’ati said during the break the company embarked on vigorous estate revamp operations supported by a collaboration between the agricultural Development Corporation and ADC and the National Youth Service [NYS].
He urged farmers to keep their sugarcanes ready for harvesting and desist from selling it to dishonest dealers who will give them less value of total loss than they deserve.
He explained that the company is in negotiations with various banks to forge a way that will enable contracted cane farmers in the company take advance loans using their mature cane crops as collateral.
He made it clear that the company is aware of the debt it owe farmers worth Ksh.269 million shillings assuring farmers that the government has made a commitment to clear the arrears and the plans that are underway to ensure farmers receive their dues before Christmas holidays commences.