Sony Sugar needs Sh346m for plant maintenance to prevent collapse

Sony Sugar Company

By MN Reporter

Sony Sugar Company needs Sh346milion for plant maintenance to salvage imminent collapse.

The last time the company had machines maintained was the last five years which has greatly affected efficiency.

Sony acting Managing Director James Oluoch said immediate half or full maintenance will see more cane processed.

Speaking at a meeting with members of the Nyanza Regional Development Implementation, Coordination Committee (NRDICC) held at the company, Oluoch said the miller can no longer predict its revenue due unpredictability of the company machine.

The committee led by its chairman Mr. James Kianda who is also the region’s Commissioner.

According to the MD, when the company machine is fully maintained it processes 100 tons of cane with expected output of more than 10 tons of sugar.

But currently in every 100 tons of processed cane the company merely gets 3 tons to 4 tons of sugar, a scenario which has led to delay in paying cane farmers and the company employees.

Oluoch revealed that the company desperately needs close to Sh346 million to do thorough maintenance of the plant for its smooth continuity.

He said the company had written to the County Government of Migori requesting Shs 210 million loan for its half machine maintenance but they are yet to receive feedback.

“We are also seeking help from our key stakeholders to carryout maintenance in orderto restore waning confidence of the farmers and community,” added Oluoch.

He said the company failed to carry annual company machine maintenance in 2017 due to the request of the government not to do it because there was shortage of sugar in the country.