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The programme looks at the historical development of the Mumias sugar scheme and its development to the present day operation.
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Module code and title: T273, Food production systems
Item code: T273; 07
First transmission date: 25-08-1978
Published: 1978
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Duration: 00:24:00
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Producer: Nat Taylor
Narrator: Bill Mayon-White
Contributors: Arthur Beevers; Josephat Matete; Benedict Nalyanya; William Omamo; Richard Riako; Suleiman Shiunzi
Publisher: BBC Open University
Keyword(s): Booker McConnell; Kenya; Multinational; Mumias; Sugar
Footage description: Shots of a white man's grave in Kenya, commentary introduces the programme. Over shots of a map of Africa, of farmers at work in Mumias, of thatched huts, of woman preparing a meal, of the market in Mumias, of sugar cane crop and of Nairobi, commentary gives the background to the climate, soil conditions and the local economy in the Mumias area. William Omamo (Mumias Sugar Company) and Mayon-White (v/o) give the background to the Mumias sugar scheme introduced by the Kenyan Government. Shots of the land around Mumias, of the sugar factory there and of a map which shows how the land is apportioned under the scheme. Over shots of a sugar cane field and the sugar Mayon-White and then Arthur Beevers (General Manager, Booker McConnell) explain why it was thought necessary to call on the expertise of a multi-national company to run the scheme. Film of work being carried out in the cane fields at Mumias. Shots of tractors plowing, of farmers digging with hand hoes, of seed canes being treated chemically then delivered to farmers, of company experts teaching local farmers how to plant canes. Commentary explains, in some detail, how the scheme works. Richard Riako (Mumias Sugar Company Superintendent) stands in a cane field and explains why it is necessary to fertilize the fields with chemical fertilizers and why weeds must be kept down, Shots of farm workers weeding the fields. Film of cane being burned in the fields. Mayon-White (v/o) and Josephat Matete point out the reasons for burning the cane prior to harvest. Film of burnt cane being cut by farm workers, being loaded on trailers and arriving at the factory. Mayon-White (v/o) briefly lists the range of payments which sugar farmers may expect from their crop. William Omamo very briefly gives his view on how the farmers spend their new wealth. Suleiman Shiunzi, outside his new brick house, explains how he spends the money he earns from his sugar cane crop. Mayon-White (v/o) and William Omamo discuss the changes which the sugar scheme brought to the people, particularly for those dispossessed of their land. Shots of fields and the sugar factory from a distance. They go on to summarize the programme by listing some of the changes in the area's infrastructure which resulted from the scheme. Shots of paved roads, people at a bus stop, shops and the market.
Master spool number: 6HT/72822
Production number: 00525_5307
Videofinder number: 1059
Available to public: no