Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology is set to spearhead the social and economic transformation of the grassroots women in Bomet County through collaborative initiatives that will see Bomet County Government partner with JKUAT in training, innovation and technology transfer in areas of mutual interest.
Speaking during a consultative meeting between JKUAT and the County leaders, organized under the auspices of the JKUAT Mashinani Initiative that aims at transferring university innovations to the grassroots, the wife to Bomet County Governor, Eng. Esther Ruto hailed the University for accepting to host and partner with the County Government of Bomet, and further said, “although the women in the grassroots have limited access to resources, they are very hardworking and given chance and opportunity, they can do more.”
Ms Ruto reiterated that Bomet County was indeed endowed with key raw materials that would be critical in improving the social economic status of the people of Bomet especially women, adding that they were keen to see the partnership yield positive and enduring results in areas such as mushroom and aloe vera farming.”
Drawing from past intervention initiatives where JKUAT has played a critical role in transforming the lives of many people especially women in places like Taita Taveta and Machakos Counties, the Vice Chancellor Prof Mabel Imbuga underscored the university’s readiness to collaborate with the counties across the country particularly the County of Bomet in uplifting the living standards of its people through training, technology transfer, and industrialization particularly in the area of cottage industry and value chain addition.”
Prof Imbuga informed the visiting delegation that JKUAT was a household name in developing simple technologies that could easily be acquired and transferred to the village level and urged the visitors to explore the potential that lay in mushroom growing, food products such as honey, yoghurt, tomato sauce among others adding that the university was keen to see the lives of Kenyans being transformed.
The Bomet County delegation which included County Executive members for various dockets such as Tourism, Energy, Agriculture and Fisheries, Water and Environment; also included former Member of Parliament for Bomet Hon. Beatrice Kones, who said “majority of Kenyan households are run by women and our presence attests to our commitment to transform the county of Bomet.” Hon Kones reaffirmed that they were “eager to learn from JKUAT in tissue culture bananas, and mushroom farming technologies.”
The 2-day interactive session saw the delegation visit various JKUAT departments to familiarize themselves with innovations with the ultimate aim of transferring them to the grassroots back in Bomet County.
Members of the JKUAT team present included the JKUAT Mashinani Lead Consultant Mr. Charles Kalomba, Mashinani Coordinator Dr David Mburu, Dr J.M Onguso of Institute of Biotechnology Research and Nyamai Wambua among others.