Kiambu County Government is fully committed to continuing collaborating with JKUAT, especially in the fields of agriculture and Technology, the Governor, Dr. James Nyoro, has affirmed.
Acknowledging that research is key in the attainment of sustainable development in Kiambu County, the governor said his County was positive about the benefits accrued so far from the partnership.
“JKUAT is a powerhouse in matters agriculture and technology. As a County we want to leverage on JKUAT expertise to give us solutions to the problems facing the county,” said Dr. Nyoro.
The Governor was speaking when he paid a courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, July 29, 2020, before gracing the 6th Jomo Kenyatta University Students’ Association (JKUSA) Awards.
Dr. Nyoro was adamant that science and research were not only vital in driving the development of new products and innovations, but also critical in curbing challenges, such as health, food insecurity and nutrition.
On her part, Prof. Ngumi assured the Governor of JKUAT’s continued support saying the University, through the various collaborations it has with counties, was keen in technology transfer for socio-economic development and livelihoods transformation.
She informed the Governor’s delegation that JKUAT has extended her expertise to Makueni and Mombasa Counties where there are Mango and Coconut value addition projects respectively, run by JKUAT researchers.
“JKUAT’s footprints of success in research, innovation and technology transfer have been well established across some of Kenya’s 47 Counties that include; Kiambu, Baringo, Murang’a, Mombasa, Taita Taveta, Nairobi, Kitui, Kirinyaga, Kakamega and Vihiga, just to name but a few,” said Prof. Ngumi.
Prof. Ngumi further said top-notch research enterprises were taking place at JKUAT that have earned the University mileage not only in Kenya but also in sub-Saharan Africa.
“JKUAT is for example home to the EU-funded Food Fortification Lab where we sample and analyze products from mills and oil industries for fortification parameters and aflatoxins content,” elucidated the Vice Chancellor.