Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) has once again, asserted her leadership in Training, Research and Innovation by emerging the “Best University,” clinching six (6) top prizes (trophies) at the Central Kenya National Agricultural Society of Kenya (ASK) Show that closed Saturday, September 12, at Kabiru-ini grounds, Nyeri County.
The Show which opened Wednesday, September 9, saw the University tower over other exhibitors who included public and private institutions of higher learning and research institutions to be declared: “The Best University Stand,” “The Best Engineering Based Institution of Higher Learning,” “The Best Stand Exhibiting Agricultural and/or Earth Moving Equipment,” and “The Best Institution of Higher Learning in Developing of Advanced Technology.”
JKUAT’s collective technological innovation energies and agro-processing as well as value addition initiatives were handsomely rewarded when the University was also crowned, “The Best Innovation and Invention Stand,” and “The Best Agro–Processing Stand” at the show that attracted 103 exhibitors.
The University also emerged 2nd Best in 4 (four) classes out of the ten (10) it entered. These were: “The Best Most Striking Display Large Stand,” “The Best Stand in Research Development,”“The Best Stand Embracing Information Technology & Communication System,” and “The Stand that Best Interprets the Current Show Theme.”
This year’s ASK organized shows run under the theme: “Enhancing Technology in Agriculture and Industry for Food Security and National Growth.”
The University’s initiatives towards the realization of Kenya Vision 2030 agenda were evident through the innovations and technologies in ICT, energy, agriculture mechanization, agribusiness as well as value addition.
Visitors to the JKUAT Stand were eager to sample various academic programs offered, experience phenomenal innovations/technologies including eco-block making machines, macadamia de-husker, rice husk gasifier, multipurpose juice processor, ICT solutions, cactus, rice, milk, and all their value added products, among others.
Officiating at the opening ceremony, Deputy President William Ruto revealed that the Government had invested Ksh. 61 Billion in agriculture to expand the sector, particularly in value addition, fertilizers, and mechanization of agricultural production. He said, the Kenyan government was working with Japanese and Korean governments to set up fertilizer plant and modernization and mechanization of agriculture production across the country.
Earlier, the Chancellor Prof. Geoffrey Moriaso Ole Maloiy paid tribute to all JKUAT exhibitors for their cutting edge innovations and products. He urged them to publish academic research papers to safeguard their intellectual work.
Vice Chancellor Prof Mabel Imbuga, Deputy Vice Chancellors Prof. Esther Kahangi, Prof. Victoria Ngumi, Prof. Otoki Moirongo and the University Management congratulated the JKUAT team for the success. The University’s eyes are now set on the Nairobi International Trade Fair that kicks off, September 28.