Ailing sugar firms face flood of cheap imports

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The Standard | by Jacob Ng’etich

Kenya is yet to put a request to the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) for an extension of a sugar import moratorium ahead of expiry of the safeguards.

The country got a 12-month extension last year and that will end in February 2021, sounding the death knell for many local sugar millers that are already in crisis.

While giving the extension, the eighth since Kenya sought protection for its industry, Comesa directed the government to accelerate the sale of its sugar factories so as to have them run competitively…

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