Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) has once again lived to its leadership mantra of “Setting Trends in Training, Research and Innovation” by clinching the six (6) top honours in six trade classes including the coveted “Best University Trophy” at the just concluded Central Kenya National Agricultural Society of Kenya (ASK) Show.
JKUAT beat other exhibitors to be declared: “The Best University Stand” during the Show, which opened its doors to the public Wednesday, September 14, at Kabiruini grounds, Nyeri County.
The University also won: “The Best Engineering Based Institution of Higher Learning,” “The Best Stand Exhibiting Agricultural and/or Earth Moving Equipment” and “The Best Stand in Research Development.”
JKUAT’s technological innovation, agro-processing as well as value addition initiatives paid handsome dividends as the University was crowned: “The Best Innovation and Invention Stand,” and “The Best Agro–Processing Stand” during the Exhibition that attracted over 100 trade exhibitors.
This year, all ASK organized Shows are running under the theme: “Enhancing Technology in Agriculture and Industry for Food Security and National Growth.” The University’s initiatives towards Kenya Vision 2030 agenda were evident through new innovations and technologies in energy, food security, agricultural mechanization, agribusiness as well as value chains.
Visitors to the University Stand sampled various academic programmes offered, cutting edge innovations / technologies which included: the multi juicer processor, motorized sorghum threshing machine, irrigation manager, real-time power billing and alert meter using GSM infrastructure among others.
President Uhuru Kenyatta in a speech read on his behalf by Cabinet Secretary for Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs, Mrs. Sicily K. Kariuki, said, the “Theme of this year’s Show resonated well with the spirit of transforming Kenya into a rapidly industrializing middle income nation as envisaged in the national economic development blueprint.”
He further said, the Government was committed to “Transform agriculture into a profitable economic business capable of attracting private investment, providing gainful employment and improving food security.”
Earlier, the Cabinet Secretary toured the JKUAT Stand guided by the Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Research, Production and Extension, Prof. Esther Kahangi. The CS was impressed by the level of ingenuity and utility technologies and innovations developed by the University researchers and innovators. Nyeri County Executive Member in charge of Agriculture, Robert Thuo, was equally fascinated by the calibre of innovations at the Stand that could help empower the Nyeri County youth, and indeed, the entire country.
Chairman of Council, Prof. Paul Kanyari Njuki and Council Member Bertha Dena, lauded the exhibitors at the University Stand whose outstanding work culminated in winning the top honours. The University Management led by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga, paid tribute to all JKUAT exhibitors for showcasing cutting edge innovations that underscored the University’s core mandate of Training, Research and Innovation.
The University team is set to battle for the top honours with other exhibitors at the Nairobi International Trade Fair that kicks off October, 3rd to 9th.