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Frequently Asked Questions   

  • What is the role of the Kenya Sugar Board?
  • What is the Sugar Development Fund?
  • How can I benefit from the Fund?
  • Where are our main offices located?
  • How can I access the sugar industry statistics?
  • How can I get an import/export Licence?
  • How can I can I obtain a millers/Jaggery Licence?
  • How can I get a molasses permit?

What is the role of the Kenya Sugar Board?

The Kenya Sugar Board is charged with the responsibility of regulating, developing and promoting the Kenya Sugar Industry. Its specific roles are to:

  1. Co-ordinate the activities of individuals and organizations within the industry;
  2. Facilitate the equitable access to the benefits and resources of the industry by all interested parties;
  3. Formulate and implement overall policies and plans for the development of the industry;
  4. Act as an intermediary between the Government and the industry;
  5. Facilitate the flow of research findings to interested parties;
  6. Monitor the domestic market in to identify and advice on any distortions in the sugar market;
  7. Facilitate the arbitration of disputes among interested parties;
  8. Facilitate the export of Local sugar;
  9. Promote and encourage the use of environment friendly technologies in the industry;
  10. Provide advisory services to growers and millers;
  11. Facilitate an equitable mechanism for the pricing of sugar-cane and appropriation of proceeds from the disposal of the by-products of sugar production between growers and millers;
  12. Represent the industry in other organizations that are relevant to the promotion of the industry;
  13. Oversee the formulation of standard provisions governing the mutual rights and obligations of growers and millers;
  14. Collect collate and analyze industry statistics and maintain a database for the industry; and
  15. Promote the efficiency and development of the industry through the establishment of appropriate institutional linkages.

What is the Sugar Development Fund?

The Sugar Development Fund (SDF) is a revolving fund established in 1992, with the sole purpose financing the activities of the Sugar Industry in Kenya.  The Fund, which is non-profit making, is financed through a levy, which is charged on both locally manufactured and imported sugar. The Kenya Sugar Board manages the fund.  The Fund’s beneficiaries are millers, growers, out grower institutions, Kenya Sugar Research Foundation (KESREF), small-scale transporters, land preparation contractors, and KSB. The levy collected is utilized to fund the following activities in the proportions listed below: -

  • Factory Development Rehabilitation - 2.0%
  • Research - 1.0%
  • Cane Development - 1.75%
  • Roads (Infrastructure) Development - 0.75%
  • Kenya Sugar Board (KSB) Administration - 1.5%
  • TOTAL 7.0

Sugar Development Levy (SDL) is currently a consumer based levy that is charged at the rate of 7% on the ex-factory price of sugar at the mills and 7% on the Cost Insurance & Freight (CIF) value of sugar imported into the country.

How can I benefit from the Fund?

The proportion available for road (infrastructure) development, KSB Administration and Research are grants.
The components for factory rehabilitation and cane development are availed as loans.  Farmers currently access loans for cane development  from the fund through lending by Outgrower Companies and Millers. Plans are however underway to provide farmers’ direct access to the Fund through a financial intermediary.

Where are our main offices located?

How can I access the sugar industry statistics?

The Kenya Sugar Board produces and annual Year Book of Statistics, which has reports on stocks, prices, and imports. To purchase the latest copy, please email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

How can I get an import/export Licence?

The Forms and Regulations Governing Import/Export licensing can be obtained from the Downloads link on this website.

Can I obtain a millers/Jaggery Licence?

The Forms and Regulations Governing licensing of millers and jaggery can be accessed from the Downloads link on this website.

How can I get a molasses permit?

The molasses permit can be obtained from the Downloads link on this website.

Role of the Kenya Sugar Board

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