Privatisation and competition will save sugar cane sector, says CS Willy Bett
Privatisation of the cane sector will help it survive international competition, Agriculture CS Willy Bett has said. Otherwise the sector faces a bleak future, he said. Bett said agriculture is the economic mainstay of many people in the Rift Valley and competition will benefit farmers. The CS said the government would no longer do business and will instead licence investors to carry out the trade. “The role of the government is to provide a conducive environment to do business and not engage in it,” he added. He hit out at the Kenya Tea Development Agency over poor prices, saying it should be in the forefront in ensuring better prices. “Shockingly, it’s the one that gives the lowest prices to farmers. That is why we have to ensure that more players enter business to save farmers,” Bett said. The CS spoke int Mobogo Valley, Tinderet, Nandi county, when he commissioned the construction of the Sh300 million Mbogo Valley Tea Factory by a private investor. He also opened the Chepsait and Kipkechem coffee factories in Tinderet. Bett was with Tinderet MP Julius Melly and Nandi Deputy Governor Dominic Biwott.