Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology will host a reference laboratory with the support of the European Union. The laboratory is part of the initiatives under the EU funded project “Strengthening the Kenya National Food Fortification Programme.” The Vice Chancellor Prof. Mabel Imbuga on the rainy afternoon of 4th May 2018 turned out behind SCC 100 to celebrate the groundbreaking activity for the construction of the Food Fortification Reference Laboratory.
Prof. Mabel Imbuga giving her comments
The significance of the laboratory is that it will help the Government to monitor and evaluate the level of food fortification compliance for different food vehicles. This is in an effort to fight micronutrient deficiency amongst the vulnerable groups in Kenya. It will be equipped with equipment like Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer and the HPLC Unit that can analyze many samples within a short duration. After the speeches, the time to mark the ceremony came when the Vice Chancellor; Prof. Mabel led the session to officiate the construction.
Prof. Mabel Imbuga (center), Prof. Mary Abukutsa (left) and Prof. Daniel Sila (right) marks the ceremony by digging the soil to pave way for construction