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Senators to visit Cuba for 'sugar lessons'

26 August 2015, 10:56 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - Senate committee on agriculture is set to make a 10-day trip to Cuba to seek expertise to resolve the current impasse in the sugar industry.

The committee chairman, Kiraitu Murungi said Kenya is set to benefit from the planned trip.

“We intend to compare notes and seek expertise from their sugar policy makers which helped them revive sugar industry that had faced a similar crisis,” said Kiraitu.

Speaking at Whitesands hotel during a meeting with agriculture experts and stakeholders, the committee chairman warned politicians against politicizing the sugar issue.

Kiraitu denied recent allegations that the committee had declined to comment on the sugar saga.

“It’s not that the committee had avoided to address the issue; we were looking at the issue with the aim of coming up with a plan to bail us out of this situation,” said Kiraitu.

Read Also: MP tells Raila to stop hoodwinking Kenyans over sugar deal

He further warned that cane farming was on the verge of collapse and it was time to take drastic measures to revive it.

His comments come just days after Cord principal Raila odinga pledged to roll out rallies in the Coast, Western and Nyanza regions in protest of the recent sugar deal that President Kenyatta allegedly signed with his Uganda counterpart.

Also speaking at the meeting, Senate speaker Ekwe Ethuro asked the government to investigate the sugar barons alleged to be behind the sugar deals in Kenya.

The speaker also supported the current experts’ recommendations to divide the country into ecological zones saying it would be beneficial in reviving the agriculture sector.

Ethuro noted that brokers and sugar barons were benefiting at the expense of sugarcane farmers and asked the government to put in protective measures.

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