Knowledge transfer is critical for sustainable development of a country, Nyandarua County Governor Daniel Waithaka has said.
The Governor made the remarks, Wednesday, August 12 during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and the County Government of Nyandarua.
Under the partnership, JKUAT will create and implement approaches, strategies and actions necessary to address agri-business activities that will offer sustainable development in Nyandarua County. The two parties will collaborate in agro-based value addition in milk and milk product processing and potato processing. They will also engage in joint research especially in areas of mechanized farming, extension services and technology transfer.
During the function, Governor Waithaka thanked the University for the partnership and said, it was high time that universities worked with the counties to improve the livelihoods of the ordinary Kenyans. He acknowledged the potential of Nyandarua County in agriculture and said, his county is leading in potato production in the whole country.
“The average production of milk per cow per day is way below potential and hope that the knowledge and technology transfer from this partnership will enhance milk productivity and restore the agricultural prosperity of the county,” said the Governor.
Vice Chancellor Prof. Mabel Imbuga appreciated the commitment of Nyandarua County in the collaboration and said JKUAT was committed to provide the knowledge, skills and technology to the county which will in turn give the farmers a platform to improve their production. It is Prof. Imbuga’s hope that the collaboration will enhance the commercialization of the University’s products for the benefit of both the county and the University.
Echoing the words of the Vice Chancellor, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research, Production and Extension) Prof. Esther Kahangi acknowledged that enhancing agriculture and orienting it into a business is critical in elevating the economic status of the people of Nyandarua. She expressed hope that through the partnership, the people of Nyandarua will be able to eradicate poverty and become an agricultural powerhouse in the country.
The meeting was also addressed by Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance) Prof. Otoki Moirongo, Director Production (RPE) Prof. Martin Obanda, CECM Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Nyandarua County, Agatha Thuo and Executive Director, African Finance and Technical Assistance (AFTA) Nixon Bugo.