Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology continued with her stellar performance in the Agricultural Society of Kenya shows by clinching top place in five classes at the Nairobi International Trade Fair (NITF) among them, the Best Stand in Research and Development.
This is an improvement from last year’s performance when the University scooped only one top award.
With stiff competition from multinationals, public and private institutions, among them, higher learning and research organizations, JKUAT also won the Best Stand Exhibiting Agricultural and/or Earth Moving Equipment, Best Local Manufacturers Stand (Consumables), and Best Local Manufacturers Stand (Non-Consumables). The University likewise bagged the 1st place in the Stand that Best Interprets Current Show Theme in the Education and/or Research category.
The victory is besides two other awards where the University also emerged 2nd in the Best University Stand and the Most Striking Display classes respectively.
In keeping with the theme of the show: Promoting Innovation and Technology in Agriculture and Trade, JKUAT researchers and exhibitors showcased several innovations geared towards agriculture and entrepreneurship. The innovations ranged from those in food security, health, ICT, agricultural mechanization, and agribusiness as well as value chain.
In their congratulation messages to the JKUAT team, the Vice Chancellor, Prof Victoria Ngumi and Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Research, Production and Extension (RPE), Prof. Mary Abukutsa lauded the team for their remarkable performance that has made the institution stand out amongst the best in the region.
Prof. Abukutsa expressed confidence that the country’s economy has great potential to grow and development achieved if research, innovation and technology is given the attention it deserves. According to her, academia must take the lead in driving the research agenda of the country, a culture she noted, had defined JKUAT’s activities, as evidenced by the University clinching the Best Stand in Research and Development class during the NITF.