Overview of Nzoia Sugar Company
Nzoia Sugar Company Limited (NSC) is one of the key players in Kenya’s sugar Industry. Nzoia Sugar Company is located in Bungoma County, 5 Kilometers from Bukembe off the Webuye-Bungoma highway.
The Company serves over 75,000 farmers in the larger Bungoma, Kakamega and neigbouring Counties. It is situated at a latitude of 0˚35’N and a longitude of 34˚40’E, and an altitude of between 1420-1490 meters above sea level.
The Company was established in 1975, under the Companies Act Cap. 486 of the Laws of Kenya with Memorandum and Articles of Association and issued a certificate of incorporation No.C13734 dated 1st August, 1975. The Government is the majority shareholder owning 98% shares while Fives Cail Babcock (FCB) and Industrial Development Bank owning 1% each respectively.
NSC produces sugar and supports cane production through the provision of extension services to farmers with an extensive Company nucleus estate covering 3600 ha and an out grower zone spanning more than 23,500 ha of cane.
“To be globally competitive in production and marketing of sugar and other products”.
“To efficiently, innovatively and sustainably produce and market sugar and other products in a clean and safe environment to the satisfaction of all stakeholders”.
- To Manufacture sugar and co-products from sugarcane
- To establish and manage sugarcane plantations and assist others do so.
The company has undergone four (4) changes in management since inception. The company was under the management of FCB &Technisure between 7th October 1975 to 3rd January 1978, when the management changed hands to the Government of Kenya, which remained at the helm of the company up to 11th January 1999. Between 12 January 1999 and 31 August 2003, the company was managed by F.C. Schaffer & Associates from whom the management reverted back to the Government of Kenya, which is in charge to date.
The company had an initial milling capacity of 2000 tones of cane per day (TCD). In 1989, this capacity was expanded to 3000 TCD. While this growth was phenomenal, optimum utilization was not realized due to plant operational limitations. The company however has to attain optimum utilization of the factory capacity at 3000 TCD and 315 tones of sugar per day by undertaking factory rehabilitation and product diversification to enable the company remain competitive and also attractive for privatization. The company further intends to enhance the factory capacity to 7000 TCD and 735 Tones of Sugar per day during the current Strategic Plan period.