The Star (Nairobi)

20 December 2012

Kenya: Oparanya in Support of Bill to Abolish Sugar Board

Planning minister Wycliffe Oparanya has said he supports the bill seeking to abolish Kenya Sugar Board. Oparanya wants President Kibaki to assent to the controversial Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Food Authority Bill 2012 saying there is need to have a consolidated Agriculture Act.

"We cannot have all agriculture sectors combined together. They have been unable to address the shortfalls affecting agriculture," he said.

Speaking in his Butere constituency at the weekend, Oparanya accused those opposed to the bill of protecting their own interests. The minister said he wants the KSB abolished because it has failed to standardise the sugar industry.

"Why should we have KSB headquarters in Nairobi when sugarcane is grown in Western and Nyanza? The headquarters should be in Kisumu or Kakamega for it to serve cane farmers efficiently," he said.

A section of sugarcane farmers and leaders from Western province, led by Mumias KSB director Billy Wanjala, have asked the President not to assent to it.

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