The Kenya Sugar Board has intensified a crackdown on sugar barons dumping the sweetener in the country.
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"We have suspended licences for non-importers from Comesa. Licensed importers from Comesa free trade area are also required to submit certificates of origin," Mr Koskei said in an interview.
Officials at the sector regulator said they have involved the police and other government departments in impounding the sugar that has adverse effects on growth of the sector under the stranglehold of cartels.
"We have licensed importers from Comesa region, but smugglers exist. Today (Thursday) we are at Kebs to deal with the issue of standards. Already, we have met KPA officials and the Inspector General of Police and plan to go to KRA," board director
Data from the
Sugarcane deliveries to factories rose 16.7 per cent to 6.67 million tonnes from 5.7 million tonnes a year earlier. But millers have been reducing producer prices in what is linked to increased supply of the commodity.
"Factories are grappling with high volumes of processed sugar and supermarkets and shops are not complaining of sugar shortages, meaning, they are procuring cheaply from the illegal traders," he said.
"Even at Sh3,600, the profit margin is extremely narrow and the evidence is clear as most millers are not paying farmers on time," an official at the private miller who asked not to be named recently told the Nation.
There have been unverified complaints from sugar distributors that factories are colluding with cartels to sell large quantities of sugar to them (cartels) cheaply only to adjust the ex-factory prices upwards in order to share the spoils.
The news follows reports that
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