The Sugarcane Growers Association of Malawi-SUGAM is decrying the lack of sanity in the industry which it claims is stemming from delays in enacting the Sugarcane Bill.
Drafted in 2015, the bill looks into regulating the industry by looking at both interests of growers and the sugar manufacturing companies.
In an interview with Capita FM, Chairperson for the Sugarcane Growers Association of Malawi-SUGAM Frighton Njolomole describes the bill as the key to achieving a breakthrough in the cane growing business.
He among others points out that the bill provides solutions to several challenges the industry is facing, which include price negotiating mechanisms.
The association is currently not comfortable with the negotiation platform where growers meet with company representatives to set prices ahead of cane crashing seasons.
The coming in of entities such as Salima Sugar Company is said to have expanded the industry as it has increased the market for the growers hence the need for proper regulations.
SUGAM was established in 2014 to represent the voices of the country’s smallholder growers of sugarcane for commercial use.
Its main mission is to protect, promote and represent the interest of sugarcane farmers, and create a sustainable operating environment in order to improve the economic status and well-being of sugarcane farmers.