Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology donated relief supplies to Kiambu County worth over Kshs. 1,000,000, Friday, June 26, 2020. The donation was a response to the call by the County Government for well-wishers to come forward and complement the County’s efforts in fighting the Corona virus scourge.
The University’s relief supplies were towards the vulnerable families in the County whose livelihoods had been affected by the pandemic. They included 20 bags of 90 kgs maize flour, 30 bags of 90 kgs instant porridge flour, 4 bags of 90 kgs beans, 6 bags of 90 kgs green grams, and 37 cartons of prestige butter (10 kgs each).
While lauding JKUAT for their noble contribution, Kiambu County Governor, Dr. James Nyoro said for the county and country to succeed in curbing the pandemic, there was need for concerted efforts among all the stakeholders in the society.
“It is a high time we realized that devolution is a participatory process and to succeed in service delivery we need all the players to play their part,” said Dr. Nyoro.
Post Covid-19, Dr. Nyoro said his government will engage the university further and collaborate in economic empowerment projects such as aquaculture, agricultural value addition and poultry farming in a bid to improve the food security index of the county and curb unemployment especially among the youth.
Pegged on the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) existing between his County and JKUAT, the Governor acknowledged that the University was a Centre of Excellence in matters agriculture, technology and engineering adding that he will be seeking the expertise of the university to tackle the menace of solid waste management affecting the county.
On her part, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi said JKUAT was endowed with talented experts and professionals of repute and urged the County to leverage on the MOU signed between the two parties to come up with novel research outputs geared towards sustainable development in the county.
Citing the Makueni Fruit processing plant, a brainchild of JKUAT researcher, Prof. Daniel Sila, Prof. Ngumi assured the Governor that with JKUAT, the county has a reliable partner especially in agribusiness.
“Bwana Governor, as a University we are strong in matters agribusiness. Our Research, Production and Extension Division has been carrying out training to youth and women groups in the country focusing on agricultural productivity skills, value addition, animal husbandry, agronomic, biogas production, making of detergents and shampoo, nutrition and entrepreneurial skill among others,” elucidated Prof. Ngumi.
She further informed Dr. Nyoro that the relief food was produce from the various University’s research farms in Likuyiani, Keiyian, as well as JKUAT demonstration farm in Juja, “where besides the agricultural training we impart to people in those areas, we also produce agricultural products to feed our students, as well as sell to the public through our marketing company – the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology Enterprises (JKUATES).”
The Vice Chancellor was accompanied by Deputy Vice Chancellors; Prof. Bernard Ikua (Administration), Prof. Jackson Kwanza (Finance), Managing Director JKUATES, Dr. Winfred Karugu, Director Research, Dr. Patrick Mbindyo, Chief Corporate Communication Officer, Dr. Hindzano Ngonyo and Ag. Chief Procurement Officer, Ms. Kellen Karimi, among other University staff.