Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), has clinched three (3) top trophies to emerge the Best University at the just concluded Nairobi International Trade Fair (NITF), organized by the Agricultural Society of Kenya.
Barring stiff competition from public and private institutions of higher learning and research organizations, JKUAT successfully defended “The Best University Trophy” for the third year running.
The good tidings did not end there: JKUAT was also crowned: “The Best Engineering Based Institution of Higher Learning,” and “The Best Stand Exhibiting Agricultural and/or Earth Moving Equipment,” bringing the number of trophies scooped by the University to three.
During the opening ceremony, Wednesday, October 5, H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta, congratulated JKUAT for the outstanding performance when he presented “The Best University Stand Trophy” to the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research, Production and Extension) Prof Esther Kahangi who received the trophy on behalf of the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga. Prof. Kahangi was accompanied by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration), Prof Victoria Ngumi.
In his address, the Head of State revealed that the government had introduced a crop insurance scheme to cushion farmers from adverse weather conditions, and added that, the insurance scheme was being piloted in Bungoma, Nakuru and Embu counties.
“A thousand farmers in these counties have already benefited from the premium subsidy at a cost of sh. 300 Million,” he stated.
The President said, his Administration had introduced a livestock insurance currently “being piloted in Turkana, Wajir, Marsabit, Isiolo and Tana River counties at a cost of sh. 152 Million.”
President Kenyatta further said the government had committed Sh.2 Billion to support youth in agriculture, adding, the Youth Fund will be used to train the youth on new technologies and management so that through the entire agriculture value chain, Kenyan youth would have a chance to grow businesses and earn a living under the programme, which he said, is expected to benefit over 750,000 young people.
Prof. Kahangi appreciated JKUAT exhibitors for posting impressive results during this year’s week-long Fair, which was themed: “Enhancing Technology in Industry for Food Security and National Growth” and attracted over 400 local and international exhibitors.
At the University Stand, farmers appreciated modern farming methods, and whole value chains aimed at enhancing food security and nutrition. The engineering workshops technologies were popular with entrepreneurs and farmers who found effective solutions thanks to food security innovations such as: the sorghum thresher, multi grater; cereal whipper , multi juicer and the three-in-one plant mill.
Institutional research initiatives were evident through clean planting seed, irrigation, food processing and nutrition, among others.
The energy sector could benefit from the power billing system innovation, digital power distribution solution and the Syne gas research project; while the mercury retort technology presented an environmentally secure gold extraction technique for the mining industry in Kenya.
Efforts to enhance democratic governance received a boost from the University’s Cell phone-based voting system that seeks to streamline electoral decision making process.
Military operations stakeholders, mining and rescue missions could count on a versatile robotics innovation namely; The rocker bogie suspension, which is primed to ease their work.
The curtains on NITF came down at Jamhuri Park, Sunday, October 9.