Kenya Gets Extension To Continue Importing Cheap Sugar

Kenya has secured another year to limit importation of cheap sugar from the Common Market for eastern and Southern Africa, COMESA, and streamline its ailing sector. The safeguard that was set to expire in February 2016 has been pushed to February 2017. During the period, the government is expected to privatize state owned mills, research into high sucrose content sugar cane varieties and pay farmers on the basis of sucrose content instead of weight. The government will also maintain and provide infrastructure including roads and bridges in the sugar growing areas. Kenya's application was based on Article 61 of the COMESA Treaty that provides for safeguard measures for domestic industries needing protection against international competition until they become mature and stable.