Farmers reap big as cane prices cross Sh4,000 mark


KAKAMEGA, KENYA: Several farmers who had earlier abandoned sugarcane farming have started venturing into the cash crop again following increased returns.

Sugar milling firms in Western Kenya are currently offering Sh4, 200 per tonne.

Ironically, millers are experiencing a biting raw material shortage since most farmers had since shifted to growing alternative food crops after they started experiencing dwindling returns.

Kenya National Federation of Sugarcane Farmers said a cane pricing committee constituted last year has been able to implement a realistic price control formula based on the market forces.

“First sugar millers were compelled to pay farmers Sh3, 800 per tonne and this increased to Sh4, 000 in the second quarter and now we are happy that farmers are taking home Sh4, 200 per tonne,” said the federation deputy secretary general Simon Wesechere.

Farmers interviewed earlier said they were convinced the future was bright.

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