Why the State sugar mills leasing plan is raw deal for farmers

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Why the State sugar mills leasing plan is raw deal for farmers


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A tractor transporting sugarcane. FILE PHOTO | NMG

Summary

  • Most the shortlisted bidders are local private millers who are at the heart of the current problems bedevilling the sugar industry and killing the public millers.
  • Some of these bidding companies have been long-term contractors supplying second-hand and outdated equipment to the public millers at exaggerated prices.
  • This is the common tactic they employ to prompt frequent breakdowns and poor quality in production.
  • Additionally, some of these firms eyeing takeover of the State-owned millers have been behind destructive poaching of cane from nucleus estates owned by the public sugar companies.

Farmers, their representatives as well as local politicians are being intimidated to support plans to lease out State-owned sugar companies. As a stakeholder, I am opposed to this plan for various reasons.

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