Mumias Sugar reciever manager Ponangipalli Venketa Ramayana. PHOTO | BMS
Mumias Sugar reciever manager Ponangipalli Venketa Ramayana. PHOTO | BMS

Good news for the people from the western region as the government-owned sugar miller set to be back to life.

Battling Mumias Sugar Company is expected to commence it's operations on Friday after Kenya power Company reconnected power supply to the factory.

The company resurrection comes barely 20 months after the company halted activities at its factory.

Ponangipalli Venketa Ramana Rao, the receiver-manager appointed by KCB to oversee the revival of the miller, said on Wednesday that a team from Kenya Power had visited the factory to examine transformers before reconnecting its electricity supply. 

" The development means that the cash-strapped firm can now embark on ethanol production, " the receiver-manager said.

The miller is currently buying bagasse and molasses from the privately-owned Butali Sugar Mills to start production and generate revenue for buying raw material from farmers. 

“We are set to start ethanol production by Friday as we are finalizing plans to resume milling operations. Everything is so far moving according to plan,” said Mr. Rao. 

The Administration officials at the factory were on Wednesday locked in a meeting to review ongoing preparations for ethanol production. 

But even with the glint of confidence, the next drawback will be a sourcing adequate supply of fresh material for milling. The receiver-manager says full milling operations will start in the next two months depending on the availability of cane.


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  1. Good work for reviving such a nobble firm.

  2. Ramisi sugar factory, Kenya cashewnuts, Biktsa firm, Mazeras cassava plant, coffee procesing plant in Kirinyaga etc all should be revived without forgeting Mombasa oil refinery.


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