By Bosco Magare - Company Corporate Affairs

CHEMELIL Sugar Company has reviewed and increased sugarcane transport rates for cane transporters who deliver cane to the firm’s factory.

The increase in cane transport rates follows a consultative meeting held at Chemelil Club on November 8, 2021 between the transporters, farmers and Company management representatives drawn from Agriculture department.

A fleet of cane hauling tractors and trucks queue outside the Company runway waiting to weigh sugarcane at the factory weighbridge and eventual off-loading at the Gantry caneyard.
A fleet of cane hauling tractors and trucks queue outside the Company runway waiting to weigh sugarcane at the factory weighbridge and eventual off-loading at the Gantry caneyard.
Cane hauling tractors and trucks queue on a Company runway waiting to weigh sugarcane at the factory weighbridge and off- load at the Gantry caneyard.
Cane hauling tractors and trucks queue on a Company runway waiting to weigh sugarcane at the factory weighbridge and off- load at the Gantry caneyard.

According to the Company’s Acting Head of Agriculture Jorim Osewe, the review of cane transport rates arose from a petition by transporters to Company management.

“ Cane transporters operating within our cane catchment Chemelil zone, petitioned the Company to review transport rates upwards, arising from the increase in recent fuel prices and cost of tractor spares, which they use for hauling sugarcane from various cane zones to the factory , “ says Osewe.

Osewe says the increase in the Company’s cane transport rates will cover the following six Chemelil sugarcane zones; A, B, C, D, E and zone F.

However, Osewe hastened to point out that transporters will be paid increased different rates to cater for each sugarcane zone.

“The further the cane zone the higher the transport rate that will be paid to the transporter” says Osewe.

He says the cane transport costs are usually recovered by the Company from farmers' sugarcane deliveries to the factory and paid to the transporters.

Several transporters who talked to the Company’s Corporate Affairs Section were elated and grateful to all stakeholders, who participated in the recent consultative meeting to review rates,  led by Company’s management for considering their economic plight and agreeing to review and increase the cane transport rates.

They say the reviewed cane rates will enhance sugarcane deliveries to Chemelil Sugar Company.

 

“We are new customers of this company and have been very favorably impressed with the quality of the work performed by your staff.”

ROBERT F.