About Sugarcane Farming in Kenya
Sugarcane growing in Kenya plays a very important role in the country’s economy. The subsector’s contribution to the economy is as important as that of the crops like tea, coffee, horticulture and maize.The sugar sub-sector contributes about 15% of the agricultural gross domestic product (GDP).Agriculture is the mainstay of the Kenya’s economy, supporting at least 25% of Kenyan population. This population relies directly or indirectly on the sub-sector for their livelihoods (KSB, 2010).
Sugarcane originated from South-East Asia and was introduced to the East African region by the Europeans. Sugarcane is a crop which is grown both on large and small-scale, however in terms of profitability large scale sugar cane farming is more profitable due to economies of scale. Sugarcane growing areas in Kenya include: Nandi County, Kakamega, Homabay, Muhoroni, Chemelil, Ainamoi, Nyando, Gucha, Transmara, Bungoma, Awendo, Mumias, Miwani, Ramisi, Busia.
Ndiema Farms, strategically located within Western and Riftvalley regions ‘light of our nation’ is home to hygienically fertilized and cultured sugarcane processed by in house bio-experts into 100% Sortexed long parboiled sugarcane for mass market supply and consumption.
The farm is currently growing on 15 acres of land with anticipated 10 hectares of out-growers scheme in the first phase of the project implementation. In 2020 planting season the farm’s target of first production at commercial quantity on 50 hectares to achieve 3000 metric tons of sugar.
With the local consumption of suagr in Kenya State estimated at 300,000 metric tons and present production only 20,000 metric tons, Ndiema Farms aims to put their shoulder to the wheel by producing about 20,000 metric tons of suagr by 2022, when the farm would have achieved full capacity rice operations in the first phase. Ndiema Farms plans to expand cultivation to 100 hectares of land in the second phase of the project with a capacity to produce about 70,000 metric tons of sugar.