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MMUST Showcases Spectacular Innovations During the 2022 Nairobi Agricultural Show

Speaking at the event, Dr. Kariaga revealed that MMUST was showcasing a number of innovations, including, an App dubbed , mushroom value chain crops such as and Rosell value chain products. “Through our App, we have registered a large number of farmers who are excited to make use of the interactive programs for access to extension and professional help. Our Mushroom crop has various products such as ‘MMUST Mug’ by Prof. Asenath Sigot and teas. In the Roselle value chain, MMUST produces Wines, Juices, Jam, and briquettes for cooking,” she said.

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Members of the public listen keenly as Dr. Mary Kariaga demonstrates MMUST products.

This year’s Nairobi County Agricultural Show attracted exhibitors from across the world and the team showcased various technologies and innovations invented by the University, which included Mint, Lemon Grass, Rosemary Powder, Oracle Plant, Stevia Powder, Lemon Powder, Stingless Honey and Rosell.

Reiterating that MMUST is taking the lead in utilizing science and innovation for food production, Dr. Onamu pointed out that besides value chain products, there are also edible oils, spices and herbs which can be used for multiple functions. “As researchers we are ensuring that we assist farmers to adopt innovations and technology for positive agricultural outcomes. Participating in such ‘Agricultural Shows’ offers us an opportunity not only to showcase our innovations but also to carry out training and research,” said the veteran researcher.

The MMUST stand at the show ground also had personnel from the Directorate of Corporate Communications and Marketing who took time to speak directly to the public regarding our programs back at the University. They used this opportunity to not only market the University but also to enroll willing applicants on the spot.

“This agricultural show has given us a platform to market both our academic programs and our research products. In deed it has increased our visibility and attractiveness as a University,”stated the Marketing Officer, Mr. James Muriithi.

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Marketing Officer, Mr. James Muriithi discussing MMUST programs.

Other team members from the University included Dr. Everlyne M’mbone, Mr. James Muriithi, Ms. Irene Aluku, Ms Terry Wanjau, Mr. Protus Wawire, Mr. Vincent Tembete and Mr. Frankline Onyango.

Certainly, events such as the ‘Nairobi County Agricultural Show’, are platforms for Universities and other research institutions to share their research outputs with those that need them. MMUST did just that, clearly spelling out that the researchers of the institution are not keeping their innovations locked away in the laboratories- they are publicizing them and using them to transform communities.

 By Dr. Lydia Anyonje and Wilberforce Shiundu

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