Eighteen county officials and Members of Meru County Assembly, visited Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, December 19, 2017, to learn more about agricultural value addition and innovations that could be harnessed to spur socio-economic development of their County.
The delegation led by the Chairperson of the Meru County Assembly’s Agriculture Committee, Mr. Paul Bagine, was received by Deputy Vice Chancellor in-charge of Administration, Prof. Victoria Ngumi on behalf of the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga, who commended the legislators for showing interest in JKUAT research and innovation output particularly in the areas of agriculture.
“I am aware, the purpose of your visit is to explore possible areas of collaboration in agriculture, particularly value addition. You could not have chosen the right institution for prosperity than you have done,” observed Prof. Ngumi.
Prof. Ngumi, further informed the meeting that the University was willing to partner with Meru County to develop and harness agricultural potential aimed at helping Meru County realise her development agenda.
“As you seek specific areas of interests, we are open to explore areas of collaboration in among other areas, the development of industries, training of farmers and promoting the use of technology in farming for improved productivity,” said Prof. Ngumi.
Mr. Bagine acknowledged that as a County they have benefited from JKUAT Tissue Culture Bananas and Mango seedlings, adding that they were now set to take the next step of value addition of agricultural products.
“I am confident that by working together with JKUAT, Meru County will be able to move away from subsistence farming to commercial farming, hence improving the food security and economy of the County,” opined Mr. Bagine.
The Deputy Vice Chancellor in-charge of Research, Production and Extension (RPE), Prof Mary Abukutsa, represented by Registrar, RPE, Mr. Chege Kamau lauded the MCAs for the visit and assured them that JKUAT will cascade agricultural research, knowledge and technology to the people of Meru County thus enhancing technology transfer in the County.
The team visited Biomechanical and Environmental Engineering Workshop, Tissue Culture bananas and horticulture greenhouses, Food Science labs and JKUATES to familiarise themselves with innovations aiming to transfer them to the grassroots back in Meru County.