Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) satellite campus, Keiyian, situated in Transmara West Sub-County is set for transformative development that would pave way for transformational learning and sustainable development.
During a consultative meeting between University Council, Senior Management, Government representatives and Transmara West Sub-County community members held at Keiyian Campus on Friday, March 5, 2021, JKUAT reaffirmed her commitment to fully honour the terms of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) which had been previously signed with Keiyian Group Ranch Cooperative Society.
Under the MoU, Keiyian Group Ranch provided a 100-acre piece of land where Keiyian Campus was put up. The community would further leverage on university’s expertise in multiple fields to provide knowledge and skills geared towards sustainable agricultural development among other things.
The Chairman of the JKUAT Council, Ambassador (Eng.) Mahboub M. Maalim thanked the members of the Keiyian Group Ranch for the commitment they had shown even during the planetary phases which he explained, was slow due to the financial constraints universities and the country as a whole were going through. He assured the stakeholders of continued support from the university urging them to maintain their support in order to achieve common goals.
On the utilization of the available land, Amb. Maalim vowed to take a leading role in the development of a demonstration farm for crop production and animal rearing at Keiyian Campus where locals would benefit from JKUAT expertise.
The chairman further invited the members to JKUAT for a familiarization tour and follow up discussion on the implementation of the MoU.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi echoed the words of Amb. Maalim confirming that development of Keiyan Campus had been slow majorly due to financial constraints and logistical problems brought about by the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We had previously made plans to visit Keyian Campus but unfortunately it could not materialize due to the restrictions brought about by the Covid-19 outbreak,” said Prof. Ngumi.
She, however, assured the locals that JKUAT remained committed to the development of the campus.
In close cooperation with the stakeholders, the Vice Chancellor asserted that the University had identified a unique and tailor-made learning approach that would offer a training course carefully adapted to the participant’s professional needs at Keiyan Campus.
She urged the locals to support the University even during hard-hitting financial times in order to realize the desired development agenda.
The Chairman of the Group Ranch, Mr. Phillip Tumbeine Ole Saiwa expressed his gratitude to the University for offering training programmes to the community, a move that has enabled members venture into the production of yoghurt using JKUAT’s techniques.
He also thanked the University for sponsoring students from Transmara West Sub -County to undertake various programmes in the institution.
Mr. Tumbeine Ole Saiwa decried the slow development in Keiyan Campus but acknowledged that the University’s financial limitation was a real problem.
He welcomed the invitation by the University Council Chairman to visit the university with some of his members.
Other speakers during the meeting included; JKUAT Council members, Mr. Thomas Mshindi, Mr. Joseph Gitonga, Mrs. Winnie Omondi, and Commissioner Peter Okwanyo, who represented the Ministry of Education. Others were; Deputy Vice Chancellors, Prof. Bernard Ikua (Administration) and Prof. Robert Kinyua (Academic Affairs). The Assistant County Commissioner, Transmara West Sub-County, Mr. Rodgers Ochieng welcomed the delegation.