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The Government commissioned a subsidiary of Booker McConnell, Bookers Agriculture and Technical Services, which is now BTL, to study the feasibility of growing cane at Mumias and to initiate a pilot project.

At the time, the Mumias area was under-developed and land utilization was poor.  Farmers grew subsistence food crops but bush and rough grazing predominated.  The relative remoteness of the area and poor communications had prevented the development of an active market economy. 

As land adjudication had been carried out and as the farmers had freehold title to their land, the proposed development was all the more attractive.


i) The study concluded that it would be possible to establish a viable sugar scheme at Mumias with a factory supplied with cane from both nucleus estate and outgrower cane farmers through an outgrowers Scheme.  The Government accepted the findings of the feasibility study and on 29th June 1971, incorporated the Company as the body to implement the project with a majority share held by the Government (70.76%) and minority interests held by the DCE (17.18%), KCFC (5%), Booker McConnell (4.41%), and the EADB (2.65%).  Bookers Agriculture and Technical Services provided management under contract to the Company.

ii)  The major objectives of the Mumias Scheme were;

  • to provide a source of cash income for farmers;
  • to create jobs, there being no other major industrial development in the area at the time; and
  • to reduce dependence on importation and achieve self-sufficiency in sugar production
iii) The company was expected to operate on a commercial basis and make profits. The scheme was unique because of its dependence on sugar grown by small-scale farmers, whose average holdings are today 0.88 hectares.

iv) Commencement of cane planting on the nucleus estate and outgrower areas.

First sugar produced by the Company


Expansion of milling capacity from 80 tons of cane per hour to 125 tons of cane per hour.


The Company decided to proceed with an expansion of factory capacity to 300 tons of cane per hour, an expansion equivalent to the construction of a large new factory.  Contractors for the supply and erection of this extension were signed.


Completion of expansion of factory, giving the company a potential capacity of 210,000 tons of sugar per year.

1993 Commencement of factory rationalization project.

Completion of factory rationalization.  The project consisted of the erection of a new 110 tons per hour boiler, a 7.0 MW turbo-alternator, a juice clarifier, heaters and juice evaporators, a new diffuser with associated cane handling equipment and de-watering mills.  Daily milling capacity increased to 7,000 tons of cane per day and the efficiency of sucrose extraction was raised from 82% to the current 86%.


Staff Rationalization through a voluntary early retirement scheme that reduced the permanent workforce from 4,650 employees to 3.400 employees by October 2000.

  • Establishment of a nationwide distribution network for sales and marketing, and branding of product in 2Kg packaging.

  • Concluded power sale agreement with Kenya Power and lighting Company to supply 10 000MWh of electricity per annum to the national grid.

Conversion of the company from a private to a public company and listing on the Nairobi Stock Exchange.


Considerable increases in sales of branded sugar in wake of sugar price declines.


Expiry of management contract with Booker Tate and subsequently, Dr. Evans Kidero appointed as Managing Director.

  • Highest profit after tax results since inception.

  • 11% growth in cane processed and sugar produced.  Factory achieved production of 264 000 metric tones.

  • Strengthened distribution network leading to increased market penetration.  This ensured availability of Mumias Sugar in all parts of the country.

  • Doubled branding packaging capacity and introduced the ¼ Kg and ½ Kg packets.  Finalised plans to invest in capacity expansion.
  • Highest production by the company (269,184 metric tones) since inception.

  • Board approved strategic plan to exploit co-generation opportunities, and establish an ethanol plant.

  • Factory refurbishment undertaken to enhance factory capacity to 410 tons of cane per hour.

  • Signed contract with KPLC to supply 2 MW of electricity to the National Grid.
  • Embarked on a project to increase its production capacity to 300 0000 tons per annum.

  • Signed an agreement with Avant Garde Engineers and Consultants (P) Ltd of India to put up a USD 40M power production unit which will see its generating capability increased to 35 MW and enable the Company to sell up to 25 MW to the National Grid.

  • The Company entered into a ten (10) year agreement (2009 – 2019) with Japanese Carbon Finance Company Limited.  This arrangement should see the company receive “carbon credits” as a result of replacing thermal production of electricity with the more environmentally friendly “baggasse” production.  The Company will then exchange these credits for hard currency.
  • power co-generation to be completed by january 2009.
  • Ethanol project starts march 2009.
  • President Mwai Kibaki commissions the construction of the Co-gen PLant with the capacity of 38 MW of electricity.
  • ICT department establishes a data-recovery center as part of the company's Business Continuity Management Programme.
  • Commissioned the Co-generation plant with the capacity of 38MW of electricity.
  • Company Maternal Child Health and Family Planning Clinic (MCH/FP) which doubles up as a VCT center wins the Nation AIDS, STI Control Programme award in 2008.
  • MSC sponsors the first ever Western Province Economic Forum at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Agriculture.
  • Main sponsors of the Kenya National Music Festival.
  • Main sponsors of the Kenya Schools and Colleges Drama Festivals.
  • Takes over sponsorship of AFC Leopars's SC.
  • Launches the first-ever Youth football tournament dubbed "Utamu Halisi Soccer Challenge Cup."
  • MSC introduces cane cutter salary payments through M-Pesa.
  • Company unveils a 2.5M sponsorship programme.
  • Main sponsors of the Kenya National Music Festival.
  • Main sponsors of the Kenya Schools and Colleges Drama Festivals.
  • Main sponsors of the first ever Kakamega Half-marathon.
  • Global Credit Rating company accords MSC a domestic Kenya Shilling currency long-term rating of A+ and a short-term rating of A1.
  • Launch of First fortified sugar with Vitamin A in East Africe.
  • Construction of Ethanol Distillery commences.
  • Construction of Water Bottling Plant commences.
  • Completion of the Ethanol Distillery.
  • Appointment of Peter Kibati, former Finance Director, as Managing Director after the retirement of Evans Kidero.
  • Operationization of the water bottling Plant and subsequent production of Mumias Sprinkles water Brand.
  • Launch of the Farmer entrepreneual program (Dairy projectts).
  • First ever national Sweetness Golf series held in various clubs across the country.
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