Uhuru says govt will implement sugar task force recommendations

Uhuru says govt will implement sugar task force recommendations

February 24, 2020 0 By mykenyancareers

NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 24 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has assured that the Government will implement recommendations of the sugar Taskforce as part of ongoing efforts to revive the sector.

The President made
the assurance on Monday at State House, Nairobi when he received the report of
the Presidential Taskforce on the Sugar Sector.

President Kenyatta
told the taskforce co-chaired by Agriculture CS Peter Munya and Kakamega
Governor Wycliffe Oparanya that the Government is keen to ensure Kenyan
sugarcane farmers earn decent incomes from their crop.

“As leaders ours
is to ensure farmers get maximum returns from their sweat,” the President said
as received the report whose key recommendations include the re-introduction of
the sugar levy, privatization of public sugar mills to enhance their efficiency
and the enactment of the Sugar Act.

The sugar levy
will be charged on consumers so as to raise the revenue needed to assist
farmers to develop their sugarcane crop.

Other proposed
reforms include the gazettement of the sugar sector regulations including
import rules, amendment of the AFA Act and Crops Act in line with the 2010
Constitution, and a review of the taxation regime in the sector to enhance
investor incentives.

The taskforce also
proposed strict compliance with the COMESA regulations and outlined a raft
reforms needed to increase the sugar sector’s productivity.

On privatization,
President Kenyatta who was joined by Deputy President William Ruto said the
Government doesn’t need to engage in business as its role is in facilitating
farmers to get the best seed, fertilizer and other farm implements.

“The private
sector will do business while ours is to support farmers interests. Let us look
for more innovative ways to achieve this as long as it is done in a transparent
manner,” the President said.

The Head of State
thanked the taskforce, which was set up on 8th November 2018 for completing its
assignment in time and asked that it continues to be in place until the whole
process of reviving the sector is complete.

Governor Oparanya
said the taskforce is convinced that with the implementation of their report,
the country will be able to revive its ailing sugar sector to benefit millions
of farmers.

The Kakamega
Governor who is also the Chairperson of the Council of Governors thanked the
President for his commitment to the revival of the sugar sector pointing out
that all stakeholders appreciate the efforts being made by the government.