AquaCrop Model Training
The AquaCrop Model Training, organized by the department, kicked off on Monday, 19th February 2018 at
SAJOREC – Juja main campus. The short course, which has been running for the last five days, came to an end today, Friday 23rd February, 2018 and the closing ceremony graced by the representative of the Office of Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic Affairs (DVC AA), the Acting Principal of the College of Engineering (COETEC), the Dean School of Biosystem and Environmental Engineering (SoBEE) and the chairmen of SWEED and ABED. The course trainees who were mainly from the Kenya Sugar Research Institute (KALRO-SRI) received the certificates, after one week of intensive training conducted by the team of the expert among them Prof. Gathenya Mwangi and Dr. Jackline Ndiiri.
The Kenya Sugar Research Institute (SRI) is one of the institutes formed by Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research (KALRO) Act of 2014 with the mandate to undertake research and disseminate information, innovations and technologies for the production of sugarcane or other crops for processing of sugar and co-products to enhance productivity and competitiveness in the sugar industry. The AquaCrop model training is so timely and useful to the team as far as research in sugarcane industry and water productivity are concerned as acknowledged by the representative of KALRO-SRI team, Mrs. Carolyne Kasisi.
The AquaCrop model is a crop growth model developed by FAO’s Land and Water Division to address food security and assess the effect of the environment and management on crop production. The model is intended mainly for practitioners working for extension services, governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations or farmer associations. The model is also useful to scientists as a training and education tool on the role of water in determining crop productivity.
More about the model can be found here.
The course provided participants with a basic understanding, practical skills on the application of AquaCrop as a decision-making tool.