CS Bett: Sugar Prices to Drop as 56,000 Tonnes Have Been Imported

June 6, 2017

The government has assured Kenyans that sugar prices will drop to between Sh100 and Sh110 per kilo.

Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett said the decrease in cost is due to the importation of 56,000 metric tonnes of sugar.

He, however, did not give a time frame on when Kenyans can begin enjoying the cheaper prices.

The average price for a kilo of sugar is currently retailing at Sh200, a 53.8 per cent increase from Sh106 per kilo in January.

The price of a 50-kilo bag had risen to Sh9, 000, but is now retailing at Sh5, 500. The CS said last Friday that the drop will soon be reflected in the supermarkets.

Bett noted that Kenya was hit by a shortage of sugar following a 25 per cent reduction in sugar production in Comesa countries such as Swaziland, Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

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