Richard Ogendo, secretary general of the Kenya Sugarcane Growers Association, called for the introduction of a government-run body to reduce the illegal importation of sugar, which has brought down prices and affected the fortunes of local sugarcane farmers.
"Sugar produced must be put in a central pool and distributed from a central point to lock out cartels," said Ogendo.
Ogendo warned Cabinet Secretary of Agriculture, Felix Koskei, to consider the will of key stakeholders in the industry when making industry-related decisions, and asserted that mandates to run the sector should be given to technocrats with a background knowledge of the sugar industry.
Ogendo asked the cabinet secretary of agriculture, Felix Koskei, to reconstitute new boards to state-owned mills to improve the management and production at the facilities.
"The state-owned mills' board must be reformed as required in the sugar sector to eradicate corruption," he added.