Pri­vati­sa­tion and com­pe­ti­tion will save sugar cane sec­tor, says CS Willy Bett

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Rift Valley -

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.

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