Thursday, 09 August 2012 17:25
NAIROBI: Kenya's sugar production is expected to rise 16.49 percent this year, despite a shaky first-half performance caused by a shortage of cane and inefficiency at the under-funded state-owned factories, the industry regulator said on Thursday.
The east African nation is expected to produce 567,364 tonnes of sugar in 2012, up from last year's 487,022 tonnes, a potential record, the Kenya Sugar Board (KSB) said, citing good weather.
The regulator said sugar production over the first six months of 2012 slumped 9 percent to 286,202 tonnes compared with the same period last year, hit by poor cane supplies.
"There is improved weather that is expected to boost availability of bigger supplies of quality cane for crushing," KSB said in a regular report.
"Growers have also invested in better practices such as planting of higher yielding varieties that would uplift overall performance."
KSB blamed the low output in the first-half to an acute sugarcane shortage especially ...