JKUAT Shines in Innovation at the Central Kenya ASK Show

All smile as JKUAT shines Innovation at the Central Kenya ASK Show. Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi recieves one of the 6 trophies from CS Kipchumba Murkomen. Looking on are Deputy Vice Chancellors Prof. Jackson Kwanza (left) and Prof. Robert Kinyua (right)

JKUAT demonstrated its exceptional innovation prowess at the Central Kenya Agricultural Society of Kenya Show in Nyeri, securing first place in six trade categories, including the prestigious awards for ‘Best University’ and ‘Best Innovation and Invention.’

Outshining competitors, JKUAT clinched the top spot in the following categories: Best University Stand, Best Innovation and Invention Stand, Stand that Best Interprets Current Show Theme (Education/Research), Best Agro Processing Stand, Best Stand Exhibiting Agricultural and Earth Moving Equipment, and Most Striking Display Demonstration (Locally Manufactured Products).

Aligned with the show’s theme of ‘Promoting Climate Smart Agriculture and Trade Initiatives for Sustainable Growth,’ JKUAT researchers and exhibitors showcased a wide array of innovations spanning food security, Information Communication and Technology, health sciences, agricultural mechanization, agribusiness, and value addition.

Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen interacts with JKUAT propagated seedlings. Looking on (from left) are the Chair of Council, Mr. Hassan Abdi Mohammed, Vice Chancellor Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi and Prof. Jackson Kwanza

Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi said the top honours at the Central ASK Show cement JKUAT’s prowess in technological innovation, agro-processing as well as value-addition initiatives.

“Our achievements at the Central ASK Show underscore JKUAT’s commitment to redefining agriculture’s landscape. It is our fervent belief that the invaluable knowledge disseminated through these research outputs and innovations will resonate with our society, enriching our livelihoods and fostering sustainable progress,” said Prof. Ngumi.

Prof. Ngumi also emphasized that universities play a critical role as agents of transformation, especially in the face of the dynamic challenges posed by climate change. She highlighted that climate change, with its profound impacts, has elevated agriculture to a position of global significance.

“As we convene under the theme ‘Promoting Climate Smart Agriculture and Trade Initiatives for Sustainable Economic Growth,’ we recognize that universities, including JKUAT, are indispensable in reshaping the agricultural landscape,” Prof. Ngumi reiterated.

The Chief Guest, Cabinet Secretary for Roads and Transport, Kipchumba Murkomen, while visiting the JKUAT Stand commended the University for its remarkable achievements in agriculture. He emphasized the importance of investing in modern technology to enhance the competitiveness of the agricultural sector and ultimately bolster the income of local farmers.

“Enhancing agricultural productivity is pivotal to the government’s development agenda,” stated CS Murkomen. “This goal can be realized by integrating climate-smart agricultural practices into our agricultural sector.”

Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research, Production, and Extension (RPE), Prof. Jackson Kwanza, extended his congratulations to the JKUAT team, commending their unwavering dedication, which has consistently positioned the University as one of the region’s best.

Visitors to the University Stand had the opportunity to explore a diverse range of academic programs, cutting-edge research, innovations, and technologies, including cricket farming, snail farming, biogas production, Indigenous African Vegetables, the multi-juicer processor, value-added cacti products, and tissue culture bananas, among others.

The University’s researchers and innovators are now geared up to compete for top honors against other exhibitors at the upcoming Nairobi International Trade Fair, scheduled to run from September 25th to October 1st.

Jubilant Team JKUAT

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