Prof. Ngumi Rallies JKUAT Dons to Support Government Agenda

Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi receives the award for the Best Stand in Agricultural and Earthmoving Equipment category from Deputy President H.E Rigathi Gachagua during the Nairobi International Trade fair

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi has rallied JKUAT researchers to proactively support the realization of the new government’s development programmes for the benefit of Kenyans.

While addressing the University Senate on Friday, October 21, Prof. Ngumi noted that JKUAT had honed many innovations and technological solutions that could be harnessed to power Kenya’s economic transformation.

The Senate meeting came just a day after Kenya marked the Mashujaa Day Celebrations where President William Ruto outlined the strategic directions and priority areas the government was pursuing to spur the country’s development.

In his address, President Ruto made specific reference to agriculture, housing, digital inclusion, and access to healthcare as some of the consequential sectors to receive high government attention, that includes climate change adaptation.

In all the areas identified by the Head of State, Prof Ngumi averred that JKUAT had both institutional capacity and international linkages to make meaningful contribution. She gave an example of the JKUAT College of Health Sciences where researchers had provided technical input into the national response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

JKUAT students and staff had also developed various innovations aimed at cutting the transmission chains for the Covid-19 disease-causing virus as well as a cloud-based tool to help with contact tracing.

On the agriculture front, JKUAT is home to many novelties such as the tissue culture banana technology that has seen the emergence of high-yielding, pest and disease-resistant varieties that could unlock the food security and wealth creation opportunities for Kenyan farmers.

JKUAT plant scientist at Institute of Biotechnology Research lab

The University has also been actively involved in capacity building and extension programmes that have seen many counties benefit from JKUAT innovations.

Right from inception, JKUAT has honed a culture of innovation among staff and students in its thematic training areas – this, Prof. Ngumi believes, has effectively prepared the JKUAT community to be catalysts of Kenya’s development aspirations.

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