It might take time before the newly revamped Rivatex Textile Plant in Eldoret achieves the anticipated production capacity in the wake of key challenges facing the industry.
The Moi University-owned factory has been hit by acute shortage of raw materials and lack of skilled manpower to operate the state-of-art machinery that was imported from India early this year.
Managing director Thomas Kipkurgat said the textile company was facing a shortage of skilled manpower to operate the Sh5 billion modern machines installed this year.
Kipkurgat was speaking during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the company and Rift Valley Technical Training Institute at the company’s offices.
According to the MoU, the Rivatex will dispatch the first batch of workers to the institute to be trained on skills development that will enable them learn how to operate the machines.