Cane farmers to benefit from shs. 1.5b from the national government

Lugari MP Ayub Savula
Lugari MP Ayub Savula

Sugarcane farmers will be the greatest beneficiaries when the national government disburses Kshs. 1.5 Billion meant to revive the sugar sector.

According to Lugari MP Ayub Savula a bill seeking to reintroduce the defunct Kenya Sugar Board is on third reading and once the President ascends to it, the directorate will become functional and must be led by directors from Kakamega who understand the sugar sector.

He added that Kshs. 1 billion will be channeled towards cane development and Kshs. 300 Million set aside for rehabilitation of Mumias Sugar Company.

However, Savula who has declared his interest in the Kakamega county gubernatorial seat in the 2022 general elections, has reiterated that if elected the second governor of Kakamega he will set aside a Kshs. 3 billion sugarcane development revolving fund that cushion cane farmers and facilitate prompt payment immediately their cane is delivered to the millers.

He added that it will be the responsibility of his administration to ensure cane harvesting permits are issued to the farmers to avert rampant corruption that has seen farmers frustrated by a section of employees in the milling plants.