HOSA Students Venture into Greenhouse Vegetable Seedlings Production

HOSA Students Venture into Greenhouse Vegetable Seedlings Production

JKUAT students from the Horticulture Students Association (HOSA) have set up a greenhouse farm for vegetable seedlings in order to enhance their capacity in farming practices aimed at addressing the demand for quality seedling material in the region. Speaking during an interview, HOSA Patron, who is also the Director, Directorate of Performance Contracting and Appraisal (DIPCA), Prof. John Wesonga said, the HOSA Project seeks to provide students with a platform that will empower them with practical skills, encouraging them to take a central position in showcasing their innovation skills and products. “This initiative gives the… Continue reading →

Department initiates exchange programmes with French institutions

Department initiates exchange programmes with French institutions

The department through the French Embassy is developing an exchange progromme that will enable exchange of students and staff between JKUAT and the institutions under the umbrella of Agreenium. The collaboration will enable mobility of students between the two institutions. The DVC AA facilitate the collaboration. JKUAT students will benefit from established programmmes in French especially in viticulture. The french deputy ambassador graced the occasion.  as a starting point, the Department will offer internship to French students starting from May 2018..

Departmental Student and Staff Gather at the Assembly Hall for a Career Day

All departmental students and staff met at the Assembly hall to discuss issue affecting the department. the Dean and associated Dean of the faculty attended the occasion that started from 11.00am to 13hrs. Issues touching students life and discipline in the university were discuss and avenues of supporting and improving students university life were also discussed.

Department participates in Fifth African Education week in Cape Town

Department participates in Fifth African Education week in Cape Town

JKUAT  is participating in the Fifth African Education Week at a Cape Town Hotel organized by the RUFORUM as the 5th  Biennal conference from the 17th – 21st of October 2016. The conference theme is “Linking Agricultural Universities with Civil society, the Private Sector, Governments and other stakeholders in support of Agricultural Development in Africa’. The JKUAT VC, who is also the Chair of the RUFORUM Board, emphasized on the universities to enure the vision of RUFORUM  of Transforming agriculture in Africa through innovative research, Educational and training approaches. The Education sector need to be… Continue reading →

A Tomato Field Day Organized by Faculty of Agriculture in Collaboration with Lincoln University in Missouri and RealIPM Kenya through a grant funding secured from USDA Foreign Agriculture Services

A Tomato Field Day Organized by Faculty of Agriculture in Collaboration with Lincoln University in Missouri and RealIPM Kenya through a grant funding secured from USDA Foreign Agriculture Services

Lincoln University in Missouri in conjunction with the Faculty of Agriculture JKUAT and the REALIPM co. Ltd. organized a farmers open day on Friday july 1st 2016 at the REALIPM company premises.  Lead farmers and extension agents were trained on various aspects of  biological disease and insect pest management. The field day, sponsored by a USDA Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS), Scientific Cooperation Research Program (SCRP) funded project, has attracted more than 25 growers and county extension educators as well as 15 students and interns. Among the presenters were Prof. Losenge T. (JKUAT), Dr. Mersha Z…. Continue reading →

Department of Horticulture on Curriculum Review Retreat

Department of Horticulture on Curriculum Review Retreat

A team of staff from the Department of Horticulture is on a retreat at Maanzoni Lodge undertaking curriculum review of horticulture programmes. The team is led by Dr. Fredah Wanzala, the Chairperson of the Department. The retreat which runs from Tuesday 16th January to Saturday 30th 2016 is sponsored by the Netherlands government under the Netherlands Capacity building in Higher Education (NICHE) programme. The review seeks to integrate labour market needs and gender sensitivity into the curriculum. It will transform the programmes in Horticulture to Competence based resulting in graduates that are more adapted to… Continue reading →

Freshmen 2015 class report

Freshmen 2015 class report

the faculty welcomes the fresh men that are reporting for the september semester 2015. The chairperson of department introduce the students in Horticulture the programmes under the department and requested them to be serious in there studies as well avoid being distracted by the University social activities. the dean of the faculty attended the meeting.

Department Marks Farewell Friday

Department Marks Farewell Friday

In recognition of many years of sterling service provided by some of its staff, the department hosted a luncheon to commemorate the retirement of Ms. Lucy Munari, Mr. Ernest Ngirici and Mr. Erasmus Gatimu. The celebration was held on Friday, 21 August 2015 and held in the university VIP lounge. Ms. Annah Indeche (left) leads the retirees and their significant others through a cake cutting ceremony honoring Lucy Munari (2nd left), Erasmus Gatimu (3rd Left) and Ernest Ngirichi (extreme right). In an event dubbed ‘Farewell Friday’, departmental staff, led by the Chair, Dr. Freda Wanzala,… Continue reading →

Department represented in Africa-ai-Japan planning meeting in Naivasha

Department represented in Africa-ai-Japan planning meeting in Naivasha

the department of horticulture participates in the Retreat organized by Africa-ai-Japan to chat way forward in the project implementation and ways of ensuring that JKUAT is ranked top. The meeting agrees that the there are many opportunities to improve in JKUAT ranking especially in the webometric ranking. Motivation of researcher through rewards will be necessary. the Team thought the publications by JKUAT staff should focus on high impact Journals to in crease visibilities.

Department Scientist win a RUFORUM Award

Department Scientist win a RUFORUM Award

Dr. Lucy Kananu, a senior lecturer in the department of Horticulture won a competitive grant of a bout USD 60,000 from the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM).  out of 108 applicants 29 were selected and funded. The Competitive Grants Scheme (CGS) with Graduate Research Grants (GRG) being one of the key granting mechanism for supporting university-led research linked to addressing needs of smallholder farmers along agricultural value chains. The funded project is titled “Manipulating the soil ecosystem for improved management of soil-borne pathogens in small holder ‘greenhouse’ tomato production in Kenya”…. Continue reading →