Burkina Faso takes measures to protect local sugar industry

Burkina Faso government has taken measures aimed at protecting the local sugar industry which has been affected by massive imports that have made the government lose between 8 to 15 billion CFA Francs (between 13 to 25 million U.S. dollars), an official source said Thursday

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Some of the measures include cancellation of some Special Import Licences as well as reduction of prices of this mass consumption product.

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Sugar production in Burkina Faso is carried out by SN/SOSUCO sugar factory in the country’s western region. The factory produces 30,000 tons of sugar every year out of the national consumption of 120,000 tons annually.

The company that has a workforce of 3,000 employees, has witnessed a reduction in sales for the last ten years.

The government has equally reinforced border control measures to monitor sugar importation, besides setting up a permanent committee to ensure respect for the protocol agreement signed between SN/SOSUCO sugar factory and sugar importers.

The government equally announced a hotline for members of the public to call and report anyone trying to engage in fraudulent importation of sugar. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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