By Amunga Akhanyalabandu
The raw material for Mumias sugar factory is SUGARCANE. Sugarcane is crushed to produce sucrose. A trip around sugar growing zones in Mumias paints a picture that suggest that Devki or any other investor cannot just walk into Mumias na Moshi uonekane!! Haiwezekani!!
This is why!
- A family in Kakamega whose original father had 20 acres in 1980, today lives on 1 acre courtesy of land fragmentation and distribution to sons. Sugarcane growing was about plantation farming. The acreage of arable land has since reduced and the current land tenure system can not sustain the crop.
- We were told that the receiver manager KCB was to do all including fresh planting of cane in the nucleus. Nothing has been done to this day. The former lush of Mumias nuclears is a grazing field for cows. No sign of sugarcane in the farms.
- It takes an average of 18 months to develop cane but 24 months and preparation included. Simply Mumias cannot roar back to life in the next 3 years.
- The current diffuser at Mumias has the capacity to crush 10,000 tones of cane per day. A trip around sugar growing zones in Butere, Khwisero, Wanga land and the entire locality our people have little or no Cash crop on their lands known as cane.
- The variety of seeds that is available can not produce the required sucrose levels because of the acidity in the soil’s today. A lot needs to be done before we can talk of reviving Mumias.
With this picture in mind it will be stupid to imsgine that Devki, the receiver manager or quick fix investor can revive Mumias. Mumias needs planning, thinking consultations and deeper investments.
*Devki is NOT an expert in agribusiness. He quick fix billionaire who is looking for an alternative business venture in and will be fast to change it if does not make profit. He can simply turn those Mumias millers and machines into scrap metal, roll them into mbati rolling mills, recover his money and relocate to Canada.
We need to think beyond “Bora moshi” and go for “Moshi Bora”. Moshi Bora will need preparations, consultations and deeper investments.