International Sugar Journal

Kenya: Government blamed for sugar sector collapse [Full subscriber]

The Kenyan government is entirely responsible for problems facing the sugar industry, according to the Kenya Association of Manufacturer’s (KAM) Sugar Sub-Sector report.

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Kenya – Growers welcome 8% price rise for their sugarcane [Full subscriber]

Sugarcane farmers have welcomed the move by the government to increase cane prices delivered to millers by 8%, according to local press reports.

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Kenya – Vuma Biofuels produces fuel briquettes from cane bagasse [Full subscriber]

Vuma Biofuels is exploiting bagasse it has access to from two cane sugar factories to produce fuel briquettes.

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Kenya – Government opts to lease five state-owned sugar mills [Full subscriber]

The Kenyan government has decided not to sell its sugar mills but rather lease them as part of a plan that will see it maintain control of the industry, reported Bloomberg.

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Kenya – Alteo to invest US$45 million for a new cogen unit at Kilgoris factory [Full subscriber]

The Mauritian sugar producer Alteo plans to build a new 25 MW bagasse-based cogen plant at its Kilgoris sugar factory managed by its subsidiary Transmara Sugar Company. The investment for the project is expected to be KES4.7 billion (US$45 million), according to local press reports.

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Kenya – Five state-owned sugar factories to be privatized [Full subscriber]

On 24th of February, President Uhuru Kenyatta’s office announced plans to privatize the five state-owned sugar factories and impose additional taxes in order to revive the ailing industry, according to […]

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Cane growers in western Kenya switch to growing pawpaws [Registered]

Farmers in parts of western Kenya have abandoned sugar cane for the more lucrative pawpaw farming, according to local press reports.

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Kenya – Millers incentivised to cogenerate power with feed-in-tariff of US$10 cents/kWh [Full subscriber]

The government is incentivising millers to extend into cogenerating surplus power with a feed-in tariff of US10 cents (KES10) per kilowatt-hour. This is both to help diversify the industry and make it competitive, while helping the country meet power demands, according to local press reports.

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Kenya – Five state-owned sugar mills to be privatised [Full subscriber]

The Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) has asked the Government to speed up the privatisation of the State-owned Nzoia, Miwani, Muhoroni, Chemelil and Sony sugar factories to foster competitiveness, according to local press reports.

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Kenya – Mauritius sugar companies invest US$32 million in the local industry [Registered]

Mauritius’ companies Omnicane and Atleo Group have acquired stakes in a couple of sugar milling companies at the cost of KES3.2 billion (US$32 million), according to the Mauritius Commercial Bank CEO Alain Law Min

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