Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology held its 7th Annual Open Day, Wednesday, September 7, 2016. The epitome of this annual event was to showcase the various innovations at JKUAT.
The Open Day themed ‘Agriculture, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development and Food Security’ was opened by the Women Representative, Kiambu County, Ms. Annah Nyokabi Gathecha who lauded JKUAT for its research and innovation prowess evident by the assembling of the Taifa laptop, mechanisation of agricultural product among other research initiatives.
“With innovations like the ones being showcased here today will not only empower individual innovators but also the country’s research and innovation competence,” said Ms. Nyokabi
She acknowledged that agriculture is the backbone of the country’s economy and urged the youth and women to embrace agriculture as an income generating activity reducing the burden of unemployment in the country.
Urging Kenyans to embrace locally produced products and as a gesture of confidence in JKUAT’s impressive progress in the enterprise of research and innovation, the County Women Representative placed an order for the production of 5 plant mill machine, 2 multi grater machines and 5 juice pulper machines to boost women enterprises in her county.
Ms. Nyokabi called on higher education institutions to nurture innovative ideas so as to avoid jeopardising the sustainability of the human resource of the country.
On her part, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga, said sustainable development and food security needed concerted efforts to develop practical innovations that would assist in solving some of the challenges facing our communities.
She urged the government and the private sector to partner with researchers in the country in order to transfer and upscale the technologies for wealth creation and improved livelihood at the grassroots.
“Investing in Science, Technology and Innovation is our best means of successfully tackling major societal challenges, such as food insecurity, climate change, energy resilience, resource scarcity and health,” said Prof. Imbuga adding that it was the only way of propagating Kenya’s Industrialisation agenda.
The Vice Chancellor called on the youth and women to embrace more agricultural projects to enhance food security and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
The congregation was also addressed by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research, Production and Extension, Prof. Esther Kahangi and Director, Performance Contracting and Appraisal, Prof. John Wesonga.