Inventions and technologies generated by the country’s research and training institutions should be deployed into solving problems facing the citizenry, a leading media personality has said. The solutions to the challenges facing Kenya are available locally and needs implementation if Vision 2030 is to be realized, Mr Paul Wanyagah has said.
Speaking while officially opening Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology’s (JKUAT) 2nd annual Open Day Friday, September 9, 2011, the CEO of MediaMax Limited regretted that Kenyans continue to suffer from basic problems such as deaths caused by diarrhoea which are preventable using the most basic research technologies and knowledge.
He said the country’s edge lies in its human resources as there were no minerals like in other countries. MediaMax has in its stable K24 TV station, The People Daily newspaper and Kameme FM.
In a speech read on her behalf by Deputy Vice Chancellor (AA), Prof Romanus Odhiambo, Vice Chancellor, Prof Mabel Imbuga, said research in the University is aimed improved productivity of local industries, thus the strong tradition of spearheading research aimed at generating new products and services in support of our growing industries. She said the idea for JKUAT to invest in innovative research is motivated by the desire to promote growth and improvement in the productivity, profitability, competitiveness and sustainability of our local small scale industries and transform agriculture into modern commercially viable enterprises.
JKUAT is currently conducting research in Mwea that is aimed at boosting rice yields using little water through the System of Rice Intensification. This is a departure from the current paddy system of rice growing that has come under threat from climate change that has occasioned declining water volumes for the sustainability of paddies.
The one-day event is hosted annually to showcase University’s activities as well as provide an opportunity to interact with stakeholders.
The occasion was also graced by a high level delegation of top Ugandan Government officials on a learning tour of the concept of Performance Contracting in Kenya. JKUAT, owing to its impressive performance among State Corporations (it was ranked 8th in the 2009/2010), was selected by the Government to host the delegation whose Government is in the process of introducing Performance Contracting in her Civil Service.