Butali Sugar Mills has received a grant of Shs. 429 million from the Kenya Sugar Board for the development of infrastructure within its catchment area.
Deputy President William Ruto said that the money will be used for purchase of equipment for construction of feeder roads, expansion of the acreage in the sugar catchment area and general improvement of infrastructure.
He spoke at the factory in Malava.
Deputy President William Ruto with Kakamega Senator Bonny Khalwale and other dignitaries when he visited Butali Sugar Mills. - Photos
The Government, he said, had put in place a comprehensive plan to ensure concerns of sugar cane farmers were addressed including supplying subsidized fertilizers.
He said: “We want the cost of fertilizer for sugar cane farmers to go down from the current Shs. 4,000 to Shs. 1,600."
Mr. Ruto at the same time said the Government will protect local farmers from unscrupulous traders who had flooded the market with imported sugar from outside the Common Market for Southern and Eastern Africa (COME SA) region.