Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology Council has lauded the research innovations churned out by staff and students terming the efforts a clear testament of the university’s vision of becoming a University of global excellence in training, research and innovation for development.
The council led by the Chairman, Prof. Paul Kanyari Njuki said his council was humbled by the research and development output they witnessed such as the cassava research being undertaken at the plant virus diagnostics laboratory and greenhouse, the Rehau biogas project, Capillary Wick based landless garden, tissue culture banana research and the renewable energy initiatives being carried out at the Institute for Energy and Environmental Technology (IEET).
He acknowledged that Kenya faced many agricultural, economic and social challenges and said some of the innovations and research initiatives undertaken by JKUAT can provide solutions to the many socio-economic drawbacks Kenya faces. Prof. Kanyari made these observations over the weekend when him and his entourage made a familiarisation tour to the projects sites at the institution’s Main Campus, Juja.
He called on partners to come forward and embrace the innovations as one way of complementing and appreciating the efforts of researchers in higher education. He also urged both students and staff researchers to continue churning out innovations and become the drivers of the enterprise of innovation in the country.