Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology held its 3rd Edition of the Annual Open Day on Friday 27th, July 2012. The function whose theme was: Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Industrialization and Food Security, was officially opened by Bob Collymore, the C.E.O, Safaricom.
In his opening remarks, Collymore paid glowing tribute to JKUAT for coming up with very innovative products and services which address the critical issues affecting the society.
He urged JKUAT to seek collaborative initiatives from donors who are keen on championing the interests of the society and therefore ready to support solutions to problems affecting Kenyans.
Distinguished guests who graced the occasion include: the C.E.O of Media Max, Mr Paul Wanyaga; the JKUAT Council Chair, Eng. Julius Riungu; Council Member, Ambassador Stephen Loyatum and the representative from Nazarene University Prof Kigatira. The annual event is coordinated by the Research, Production and Extension (RPE) Division. The DVC (RPE), Prof. Esther Kahangi observed that JKUAT is committed to improve its products through innovations noting that unless, “we embrace research and innovation culture like in the developed economies, agriculture development will remain a pipe dream.”
JKUAT Vice Chancellor, Mabel Imbuga, in a speech read on her behalf by the DVC, Administration Planning and Development Prof. Francis Njeru observed that, “JKUAT has been proactive in developing innovative solutions to the challenges facing this nation”.
She added that on the agricultural front, JKUAT engineers have produced several machines which are relevant to the farmers. Some of these machines include: the Plant Mill, Fruit Pulper, Juice Extractor and Maize Collector. These cost effective tools are essential in value addition to the farm produce.
She urged farmers to take advantage of these modern technologies to foster optimal incomes from their produce. Other innovations of the University that have been commercialized include the Eco-friendly block making machine, Hardness testers, and the walking tractor.
Besides these innovations, the university is also processing various chemistry and food products. At the Chemistry Products Center, one can access a wide range of cosmetics products, detergents, disinfectants, paints and wood preservatives. The Food Science department is processing food products like yoghurt, wine, fruit juices, instant noodles and jam.
Apart from students and parents, other stakeholders who attended the event include innovators, exhibitors, small scale farmers and women groups across the country.