Lake Region Economic Block formed
Counties from the Lake Region Economic Block (LREB) have come up with a rapid results initiative to revive the ailing sugar industry.
Among the initiatives is scaling up cane production, reengineering management of factories, and payment of farmers and staff arrears, taming cane poaching and addressing importation of sugar.
Addressing the media in Kisumu Friday, the governors and their representatives drawn from Kisumu, Migori, Siaya, Kericho, Kakamega, Homabay and Nandi counties decried importation of cheap sugar by some millers which they said was killing the local industry.
They directed millers to honor contractual agreements with farmers and stick to the set prices for cane delivered. They were firm that the devolved units will not approve any move to lower cane prices.
To accelerate the rapid results initiative, the Governors have organized a stakeholders meeting with the State Department of Agriculture in Kisumu on 16th and 17th of November.
The meeting will seek viable solutions to the problems facing the sector in the region at the same time borrow ideas from other sugar growing zones in the country.
The meeting chaired by Kisumu Governor Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o was attended by Migori County Governor Okoth Obado, Homabay Governor Cyprian Awiti and representatives from Kericho, Siaya, Kakamega, Nandi and Kisii Counties.
Prof. Nyong’o said the governors shall present the legal framework for LREB to respective county assemblies for enactment into law by the end of this year.
Kisumu has been identified as the host county for the 13 member block which is set to establish a regional bank among other development initiatives.
By Roberto Muyela