Cane farmers petition ministers over sugar smuggling racket

Farmers applying fertiliser

Farmers applying fertiliser at a sugarcane farm in Ikolomani, Kakamega County. 

Photo credit: File | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • The smuggled sugar is repackaged in smaller quantities without safety checks, ending up in shops and supermarket shelves.
  • The concerns come a week after the Agriculture CS lamented that farmers were suffering at the hands of cartels.

Cane farmers have petitioned three cabinet secretaries to step in and help curb the influx of cheap sugar in the country, amid revelations that smuggling cartels are transporting the sweetener from neighbouring Uganda to secret stores in Busia town using boda boda riders.

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