Nzoia Sugar Factory has resumed it’s operations giving cane farmers a ray of hope.
The once giant milling plant, has not been operational for a while following a government directive Ocherastated by lack of cane.
The firm that is currently struggling has been a major source of livelihood to over 67,000 cane farmers and residents in the region.
Its resumption is expected to be a catalyst to the local economy as well as a boost to farmers who have endured long months without pay.
Adressing the Nzoia Sugar factory staff at the re-opening ceremony, Governor Kenneth Lusaka empathized with the factory workers over the hardship occasioned by a halt in operations at the milling plant, rendering his full support.
“It is quite disheartening that our farmers who are the key ingredient to this factory, are subjected to deplorable conditions because of lack of salaries”,He stated.
Lusaka called for collaborative efforts in the quest to stabilize the factory, urging the political class to desist from politicking on matters Nzoia Sugar.
“Nzoia is the pride of our County. It’s the engine of our economy and source of livelihood for many. Let us shun away from political comedy and establish a lasting solution to problems facing our cane farmers”,He Said.
The governor further implored sugar cane farmers to supply their cane to Nzoia as it gets back on track to enhance production.
“As the factory resumes milling, I request that farmers build our production capacity for stability”,He noted.
Lusaka at the same time attributed the high poverty levels in the County to lack of employment and slow activities at Nzoia, saying it’s revitalization will breathe hope to the communities around.
Through joint efforts by local leaders and the County government, the National government has written off Ksh 117 Billion acrued in debt by state owned sugar Millers, Nzoia not withstanding.
The function was attended by area leaders including Kanduyi MP John Makali, MCAs, CECMs, Nzoia Management among others.