Nzoia Sugar Factory has officially resumed milling operations today, 9th December 2023, after a four-month break ordered by the Sugar Industry regulator Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA), following an acute cane shortage in the industry.
During the break, the Company embarked on vigorous Nucleus Estate revamp operations supported by a collaboration between the Agricultural Development Corporation (ADC) and the National Youth Service (NYS).
We would like to urge all our farmers to keep their sugarcane ready for harvesting and desist from selling it to unscrupulous dealers who will give them less value for their crop than they deserve.
Management is also in negotiations with various banks to forge a deal that will see our contracted sugar cane farmers get advance loans using their mature sugarcane crops as collateral. We are cognizant of the debt we owe farmers worth Ksh. 269 million shillings and would like to assure them that the Government has made a commitment to clear those arrears and plans are underway to ensure that farmers receive all their arrears before the Christmas Holidays commence.
Nzoia Sugar Board and Management would like to thank H.E Dr. William Ruto, the President of the Republic of Kenya who has declared his full support towards the transformation journey of the sugar industry, the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives, Hon. Mithika Linturi, our local leaders and all stakeholders especially our farmers, staff and trade partners for their continued support and loyalty to the Company.