Western Development Initiative Association (WEDIA) first blew the whistle concerning the multi-million shillings mess at BSI, they confirmed to our writer that it has since written a protest letter to the CEO Mr Taib
A vicious multi-million shillings cane supplies war has erupted at one of the youngest sugar milling companies in the country, the Busia Sugar Industries (BSI) based in Busia County.
At the centre of the nasty war are the predatory and vicious brokers who have assumed complete control over the supply of the raw material to the company’s nascent processing facility located at Matayos Sub-county at Busibwabo market.
BSI company management led by Chief Executive Ali Taib seems to have decided to do business with the brokers at the expense of contracted cane farmers. Emerging facts gathered by www.theweeklyvision.net clearly show that the ones bearing the nasty brunt are the more than 20,000 sugarcane farmers who signed contracts with BSI to supply the facility with cane long before the construction of the factory was completed.
At the same time, the company is said to be facing a glut in the supply of sugarcane, they hold no capacity to crash the available raw material, some source from Uganda illegally by brokers. The situation is so bad it is even strange that a section of the media has shied away from reporting on the issue. However, The Weekly Vision understands that management at BSI has allegedly declared a cold war against journalists operating in Busia County because, in the past, they were critical in filing their stories against the managers.
Western Development Initiative Association (WEDIA) which first blew the whistle concerning the multi-million shillings mess at BSI confirmed to our writer that it has since written a protest letter to the CEO Mr Taib about the issue, a situation that has pushed some of them into acute desperation and poverty. The (WEDIA) Chief Executive Officer Rosemary Matoko said: “Apart from the letter we have also written a petition to the National Assembly copied to the Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Agriculture Hon. Peter Munya pleading with him to step in and save our farmers”
Kenyans have witnessed the same phenomenon in the recent past when farmers decided to uproot their cane following years of frustrations from the management of Mumia Sugar Factory,” said Ms Matoko. The result is that the factory collapsed altogether
“The situation is bad because the thousands of contracted cane farmers who invested heavily in cane development are losing out to predatory brokers who invest nothing only preying on farmers. She said that the biggest and most critical problem at the moment is that a section of cane farmers may abandon cane farming because of the exploitative nature being meted out against them by BSI and brokers, brokers who bring in cheap cane from neighbouring Uganda.
“Kenyans have witnessed the same phenomenon in the recent past when farmers decided to uproot their cane following years of frustrations from the management of Mumia Sugar Factory,” said Ms Matoko. The result is that the factory collapsed altogether.
The CEO confirmed that their efforts have since triggered a meeting between WEDIA, BSI management and the Busia County Commissioner Mr Joseph Kanyiri to find an immediate and permanent solution to the mess. The County Commissioner warned BSI to change its current cane buying practices immediately.
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