Residents of Vihiga County are set to benefit from agriculture, Information technology, engineering, mining and eco-tourism expertise and opportunities following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and the Vihiga County Government, Monday,June 18, 2018.
Speaking during the function at JKUAT Main Campus, Vihiga County Governor, Dr. Wilber K. Ottichilo said Vihiga county has massive potential in agriculture and the main aim for partnering with JKUAT is to add value to agri-business, revive coffee growing, improve dairy farming and creation of markets for the current products.
“Agri-business has a lot of potential and we need to know how to add value to these products as well as waste management and how to convert the waste to useful manure. Therefore, we want to have a change in our county to encourage people to grow more value crops that grow quickly,” said Governor Ottichilo.
The Governor further added that the agri-business expertise and the information technology outsourcing from JKUAT has the potential to create jobs for the youth in Vihiga county.
Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga who was flanked by her Deputies: Prof. Romanus Odhiambo(Academic Affairs Division), Prof. Bernard Moirong (Finance) and Prof. Mary Abukutsa (Research, Production and Extension Division), hailed the decision taken by Vihiga County Government to partner with JKUAT.
“We are ready to work with you on all the aspects that you have mentioned and we will send our experts to Vihiga County upon your availability for soil analysis so that we are able to know the best suited crops for planting in the various parts of the county,” said Prof. Imbuga.
“We will also offer vocational training to the experts from your county in our University on the various research products and machines such as the nixtamalization machine which has more than 600 ways of maize consumption”, added Prof. Imbuga.
The Governor who was accompanied by other county officials toured various sections of the University that will be critical in supporting the partnership ranging from agriculture to boost research and breeding systems to JKUAT-based Sino African Joint Research Centre (SAJOREC).