Cane farmers to receive payout of more than Sh 2.7B

Deputy President William Ruto has said the government will clear debts owed to sugarcane farmers.

He noted that more than Sh2.7 billion had been made available by the Treasury to carry out the exercise. Addressing the 11th Ordinary Session of the Intergovernmental Budget and Economic Council (IBEC) meeting in Karen on Tuesday, Dr Ruto said the verification of the farmers to be paid had been completed. Meanwhile, counties are being urged to set realistic own-source revenue targets and align their procurement plans to cashflow projections to free themselves from the pending bills burden.

Controller of Budget Agnes Odhiambo said counties also need to ensure all pending bills are properly budgeted in the ensuing financial year. “Pending bills should be a first charge to the budget,” she said during the IBEC meeting. “