The Agricultural Society of Kenya organized Central Kenya Nyeri show opened Wednesday, September 12, 2012 with JKUAT poised to bag a lion’s share of trophies following the impressive performance that has seen the University excel in the various themes of the show.
JKUAT that has over the years been a dominant player in the Nyeri Show took the first position in a total of eight categories making show judges declare JKUAT stand –as the best research organization, best university, best education, and most striking display stand. JKUAT too was declared the leading agricultural and earth moving stand, best large trade stand, best theme interpretation university, and the top agricultural based statutory stand.
The University is displaying an array of its academic and research activities that are attracting show enthusiasts. The variety in terms of academic programmes on offer at JKUAT; engineering, agriculture, the built environment, applied sciences and enterprise development, enhanced the institution’s competitiveness at the fete.
Furthermore, JKUAT has become a household name in research and innovation following the numerous inventions arising from the various research activities. Most of the researches and their innovations are on display at the Nyeri Showground.
Among notable research projects that are generating great interest at the University stand include; rice production using reduced amounts of water, a simple and affordable capillary wick irrigation kit designed to increase food production at household levels while other scientists at the Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences are conducting studies aimed at providing a cure for snakebites rampant in Kenya.
Other interesting inventions at the exhibition include a multi-purpose energy saver machine developed by a second year student of mechanical engineering, Ms. Sarafina Maina that is capable of performing up to ten different functions at the same time. The machine can be used as a water boiler, a cooker, domestic water heater, and for baking among its other functions.