Stakeholders oppose proposal to merge three sugar factories

KENYA – Stakeholders and Sugarcane farmers from sugar belt region have opposed the Kenyan government’s proposal to merge three ailing sugar millers Chemelil, Muhoroni and Miwani as a government’s intervention to revive the under-performing sugar sector reports Kenya Digest. They have expressed their dissatisfaction on the decision urging that the merger would not improve the…

Tanzania’s Kilombore Sugar Company unveils plans to increase production

TANZANIA – Kilombore sugar company (KSC), a sugar manufacturing company in Tanzania, has unveiled plans to expand its production capacity as in a bid to address the national sugar gap, reports Daily News. According to a feasibility study conducted on the company’s expansion plan, the ambitious sugar factory could scale up its annual production from…

Tanzanian Government calls on investors in sugar production

TANZANIA – The Government has called on local and foreign investors to invest in sugar production in Tanzania as it seeks to meet its demand of for local consumption and industrial use required to generate foreign exchange, reports Daily News. The Deputy Minister for Agriculture Omar Mgumba said that the country has adequate resources required…

Tanzania gives green light to sugar imports from Uganda

TANZANIA – Tanzania has embarked on issuing permits to traders allowing importation of sugar from Uganda as the country still struggles to meet its 290,000-tonne sugar shortage, reports the East African. The government had stopped issuing new permits for importation of the commodity to protect producers and traders. This had seen sugar imports from its…

Government of India makes jute packaging mandatory for all food grains

INDIA – The Indian government has approved a proposal making jute packaging mandatory for all food grains, a move that aims to enhance quality and productivity of both the grains and jute bags, reports Times of India. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved that 100 % of the food grains and 20% of…

Kenya’s sugar imports rise to reach 189,000 tonnes in nine months to September

KENYA – Kenya’s sugar imports have clicked 189,000 tonnes in the nine months to September, a significant reduction from the 933,000 tonnes of sugar it imported last year. A report by the East African revealed that out of the total imported sugar, that from the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and East…

Farmers and millers mulling new policy regulations to revive sugar sector

KENYA - Farmers and millers mainly from the Lake Region Economic Bloc (LREB) have agreed on key proposals in the sugar regulations in a bid to adopt a new policy that would revive the long-ailing sugar sector. According to the Nation, the stakeholders led by LREB Chairman Wycliffe Oparanya and Kisumu’s Anyang’ Nyong’o agreed on…

Sugar Corporation to inaugurate third sugar factory under US$286m Omo Kuraz Project

ETHIOPIA - Ethiopian Sugar Corporation is set to inaugurate Omo Kuraz Sugar Factory Three on October 14, built with US$286.12 million loan from China Development Bank. According to the state corporation, the new factory will have the capacity of upto a thousand tonnes of sugar per day, producing three types of sugar with modern technology…

Nestlé launches new improved MILO with 25% less sugar

INDONESIA - Nestle, a transnational food and drink company, has launched new MILO with improved recipe, and 25% less sugar, as part of its continuous innovation and commitment to providing healthier and tastier choices. “Our commitment to enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future is what motivates Nestlé’s innovation and renovation efforts…

Nigeria’s sugar production misses target by 510,000T on massive importation

NIGERIA - Nigeria’s sugar production has failed to reach the set target by 510,000 tons over a period of four years to August 2018, blamed on massive importation of the commodity, New Telegraph reports. Nigeria has allowed sugar producers to import refined sugar into the country but their inability to meet the projected target every…