Mumias Sugar Company (MSC) will this year invest Sh300 million in a major Information Technology (IT) programme aimed at improving services to farmers. Managing director, Dr Evans Kidero, said Sh200 million would be spent to install an agricultural management system.Another Sh100 million would be used to purchase computers for installation within the factory. Kidero said the company would spend a further Sh4 million on technology training for its employees.

"The programme, which will commence in August, would enable the factory pay farmers on a daily basis after cane delivery," said Kidero

He said the sugar miller had been paying farmers a month after delivery due to delays in processing their payment details.

Kidero said the project would hasten the payment for over 60,000 farmers contracted by the company.

Kidero spoke in Mumias during the launch of the second phase of IT training programmes for the company's employees, which will be conducted by Moi University.

The university's vice chancellor, Prof David Some, and the Moi University Holdings Limited managing director, Prof Tom Ogada, were present.

"Success of any organisation depends on the resourcefulness and dedication of its staff. This is why the company has embarked on IT training programmes," he added.

He said the initiative would make the employees be participants and agents of change within the company.

Prof Ogada said the university had implemented the first phase of the programme and it had a positive impact to the company.

The East Standard