Mrs. Rachael Ruto has lauded Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) for developing various cutting edge innovations and technologies that address critical national needs.
Mrs. Ruto, wife of Kenya’s Deputy President, was impressed by the many technologies the University has developed to address critical challenges in the country such as food security, nutrition, value addition and wealth creation.
She made the remarks when she visited JKUAT Stand at the Nairobi International Trade Fair (NITF), at Jamuhuri Show Grounds, Nairobi where she interacted with staff and student exhibitors, Thursday October 1, 2015.
She congratulated the University for posting an impressive performance during this year’s Trade Fair, that has seen JKUAT outsmart over 500 regional and international exhibitors including state and private institutions of higher learning, and research organizations to emerge the “Best University in Research Development,” “Best Innovation and Invention Stand,” and “The Most Striking Display of Locally Manufactured Products.”
The Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Research, Production and Extension Prof. Esther Kahangi who was at hand to welcome Mrs. Ruto, appreciated her for visiting the University Stand, and for encouraging JKUAT researchers and Innovators.
Prof. Kahangi reiterated the University’s continued endeavour to address the country’s socio- economic challenges through innovative technological interventions in value addition, food security, and ICT among others.
During her tour of the Stand, Mrs. Ruto had first-hand experience of institution’s value added products as well as engineering technologies which included the Cassava Grater, Juice processor, the Cactus, Sorghum and Diary products, Macadamia dehusker and the Briquetting machine that utilizes farm waste to manufacture wood fuel briquettes for use in households, hotels and educational institutions.