Intensive studies conducted by JKUAT Institute of Biotechnology Research into the various aloe Vera plants values are now receiving attention from a law maker who desires to utilize increased local value and international demand for Aloe products that has raised the shrub’s high potential for trade and therefore could significantly boost wealth creation efforts of rural populations burdened by poverty.
For the Hon Mwangi Kiunjuri M.P for Laikipia West, the first hurdle towards introducing the shrub to his electorate has already been overcome through a study carried out by JKUAT researchers in the semi arid and expansive constituency that confirmed to Mr. Kiunjuri’s delight the existence of up to 13 species of the aloe Vera plant.
Hon Kiunjuri also an assistant minister for Water who had visited the University Wednesday 4, 2009 to receive a survey report on aloe distribution in his constituency reminded his listeners including the vice chancellor Prof Mabel Imbuga that a university was a key component of government that had a prominent role to play in national development that he however lamented was often ignored.
The youthful and forwarding looking M.P who placed an order of up to 200, 000 seedlings of aloe Vera worth shs. 6 million from JKUAT biotechnology nursery to be planted by his constituents in April 2010 said he had all along heard of the importance of aloe but decided to approach JKUAT for scientific evidence. He said each constituency in the country had something to offer and faulted the country’s leaders for lacking in vision.
The vice chancellor Prof. Mabel Imbuga reassured the M.P the university would work out a total value chain for the production, marketing and environmental conservation concerns likely to arise from the implementation Aloe Vera project which she promised to avail to the minster.