KAKAMEGA Governor Wycliffe Oparanya has formed a task force to investigate the problems facing the sugar industry in the county.
The task force is chaired by Nicholas Keya, a former lecturer at Masinde Muliro University will also review the Agriculture Act and establish how it will affect the county's sugar sector.
The task force is expected to present its report to the governor within the next 30 days.
The task force comprises members from farmers, millers, Kenya Sugar Board, Kenya Sugar Growers' Association, out-growers' associations, Kenya Sugar Research Foundation and the national and county governments.
The governor also launched two other task forces on Saturday together with two others on dairy and livestock production, and horticulture.
Yesterday, Oparanya said that the task force will establish the acreage under sugarcane and conduct census of cane farmers. He said the task forces are expected to come up with the ways of addressing food insecurity in sugar cane growing areas within the county.
"The purpose of these committees is to commercialize agriculture which is the mainstay of the county's economy," he said.
Oparanya said the committees of dairy and livestock production and horticulture will develop a blue print on the best practices globally with input from farmers, marketers, agro-vet dealers, research and extension services providers, academic institutions, financial institutions and non-governmental organizations.
"I assure each one of you that my Government will implement the recommendations of the task forces in order to achieve a competitive and commercially oriented Sugarcane, Dairy and Livestock and Horticultural industries" said Oparanya.
Oparanya said the challenges to be addressed by the task forces included low farm productivity, low quality of dairy breeds, high cost of Artificial Insemination services, high incidences of livestock diseases, poor marketing networks, high pre and post-harvest loses and low technology adoption.