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Mumias to clear KES 320M farmers' arrears next week

26 December 2014, 09:24 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi - Mumias Sugar Company is set to clear its farmers' arrears amounting to KES 320 million by the end of next week.

The company's Managing Director, Courts Otolo said they have been paying the arrears since February this year after assuming office as new management.

"We owe farmers KES 320 million as of today which is arrears for two months. We have cleared arrears since we came in as new management and we are looking at paying the arrears by the end of next week," said Otolo.

Otolo who was speaking when the company resumed its operations after a two-month maintenance break, rubbishing earlier claims that the factory had collapsed.

"We have just been doing maintenance for about two months and the factory is ready to commence operations. We are now in the process of harvesting cane," said Otolo.

"We have cut just about 3 000 tonnes of cane and are continuing with that process, so we anticipate that going into this weekend we should be back to full operations. We are sending out a very strong message that Mumias Sugar Company is back on course," he affirmed.

The MD further said they target to process at least 6 500 tonnes of cane daily starting next Saturday.

He at the same time remained optimistic that the factory will mill 1.5 million tonnes in 2015.

However, he raised concern over rising cane-poaching menace which he assured will be dealt with through collaboration with the law enforcement agencies.

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