West Kenya Sugar denies poaching allegations
19 November 2013, 20:31
Nairobi - Senior officials of the West Kenya Sugar are making efforts to clear the company’s name after allegations it was a key perpetrator in sugar cane poaching.
It was reported that as a result of poaching activities, the industry was on the verge of collapse.
However, appearing before the Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture, Livestock and Cooperatives, the firm’s management disputed such accusations claiming the said concept of cane poaching was “a creation of malicious people” bent on disrupting economic activities and painting the sugar industry as one under siege.
Led by West Kenya Sugar Managing Director, Tejveer Rai, the company’s officials said the miller had only been championing farmers’ rights by offering them better prices for their produce and processing their payments on time.
“This has created an environment for competition and hence a drive towards efficiency,” said the management.
The Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture, Livestock and Cooperatives is currently holding hearings into a public petition filed by Western Development Initiative Association (WEDIA), titled “Imminent collapse of the sugar industry in Western Kenya due to rampant sugarcane poaching crisis and smuggling of cheap sugar imports.”
West Kenya Sugar officials said the woes facing the sugar sector were instead a result of failure by the Kenya Sugar Board to regulate the industry since the Sugar Act was amended in 2008. The company called for investigations into the issue.
– CAJ News