It was all smiles for Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), when President Uhuru Kenyatta called the name of JKUAT three times, Wednesday, October 2, 2013 to honour the institution with trophies clinched by the University during the Agricultural Society of Kenya organized 2013 Nairobi International Trade Fair. The Vice Chancellor Prof. Mabel Imbuga accompanied by Prof. Esther Kahangi, Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Research, Production and Extension were at Jamhuri Park, Nairobi, the venue of the Trade Fair to receive the three trophies that made JKUAT the darling to the thousands of guests and exhibitors.
With its culture of research and innovation now entrenched among faculty and students, JKUAT Exhibition Stand was saturated with cutting edge innovations in various disciplines mainly in agriculture, engineering, health sciences and built environment, derived from concerted research; that saw JKUAT post 92 % mark to emerge the Best Innovation and Invention Stand, beating the University of Nairobi, the oldest and largest university in Kenya which took the second position in a category that attracted 17 entries.
JKUAT further asserted its dominance as the Best Research Stand, scoring 91.4% marks closely followed again by the University of Nairobi and Kenya Forestry Research Institute as second and third runners-up with 82% and 79% score respectively, in a contest that attracted eight participating institutions. JKUAT was also declared the Best Agronomic Stand in the week-long Trade Fair that the ASK officials forecast would be attended by over one million people up from 750, 000 last year.
President Kenyatta, in a speech that resonated well with JKUAT culture of research and innovativeness, made a passionate appeal to the country’s youth to take advantage of the numerous opportunities presented by the agricultural transformation in Kenya. “We want to see more young Kenyans employing themselves and others earning meaningful incomes from agriculture” the President advised.
The seven day Trade Fair that ends, Sunday, October 6, 2013 has close to 600 participating exhibitors, 70 of them drawn from foreign countries of sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, and Asia. Besides, the event believed to be one of the oldest agricultural shows in the world has been on track for slightly over a century, since 1901, when it was initiated by the Colonial regime in Kenya under the Queen of England.