Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) held the 9th Annual Open Day on Friday, September 7, 2018. The event focused on the four pillars towards the attainment of Kenya Vision 2030-Food Security, Manufacturing, Affordable Housing and Universal Healthcare.
Students from more than 200 secondary schools were invited to this event where JKUAT researchers and innovators showcased their unique innovations and technologies. It is envisaged that the students would be endeared to the courses and research in JKUAT and thus work hard to join the institution after their form four examination by selecting JKUAT as their University of Choice.
Ms. Wavinya Ndeti, 2017 gubernatorial contender and former Member of Parliament for Kathiani was the Chief guest during the Open day dubbed “Training, Research and Innovations to Drive Food Security, Manufacturing, Affordable Housing and Universal Healthcare towards Attainment of Kenya Vision 2030” emphasized to the participants and all present that development would only be achieved through research. She commended JKUAT for taking lead in this area. She was taken round the exhibition booths where the innovations were displayed by JKUAT Vice Chancellor Prof. Victoria Ngumi and Deputy Vice Chancellor, in charge of Reearch Production and Extension, Prof. Mary Abukutsa.
AFRICA-ai-JAPAN funded projects on display included Prof. Urbanus N. Mutiwiwa’s ‘Low cost input Greenhouse for vegetable production’; Dr. Christine Ong’gayo Wangia’s ‘Fabricated Rotarod for grip strength and Motor coordination in rodents’; Simon Gatagia’s ‘Three in One Plant Mill and Briquette Making Machine’ and Benson Muoki’s ‘Irrigation Manager’.
Other dignitaries who graced the event and addressed the audience were JKUAT Chair of Council, Prof. Paul Kanyari, JKUAT former Vice Chancellors Prof. Ratemo Michieka and Prof. Nick Wanjohi.