Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) scooped the best positions when it made its third appearance at the 2014 Nakuru National Agricultural Show of Kenya by outshining other participating institutions of higher learning in the country. During the the six-day Show that came to an end on July 6, 2014, JKUAT took the first position in the category of “Best Institutions of Higher Learning in Developing Advanced Technology’’ beating over ten other participating Universities. The University which was represented at the fete by its Nakuru CBD campus was also declared the second “Best Public University Stand.”
It was all smiles for Mr. Juma Wagoki, Director, JKUAT Nakuru campus who received the prizes won by JKUAT from Mr. Felix Koskei, Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture, who presided over the awards ceremony, witnessed by Mr. Antony Wahome, and Dr. David Kagima, both of JKUAT.
During the exhibition, JKUAT Nakuru Campus Stand played host to over 2000 visitors, with more than 7000 brochures and fliers distributed to potential customers. Most visitors enquired about innovations and programmes in various departments which included entrepreneurship, engineering, agribusiness technologies, as well as Sustainable Materials Research and Technology Centre (SMARTEC) products.
The Nakuru ASK Show is the oldest agricultural show in Kenya and currently the second largest after the Nairobi International Trade Fair in terms of the number of exhibitors and participants. The Nakuru County Executive for Agriculture Dr. Stanley Chepkwony who visited the JKUAT stand lauded the University’s exhibitions and commended the University’s products, which he observed, had aptly captured the theme of this year’s show: “Enhancing Technology in Agriculture and Industry for Food Security and National Growth