Deputy President (DP) Rigathi Gachagua has encouraged Technical University of Mombasa (TUM) students to explore the field of research and innovation in order to come up with lasting solutions to challenges affecting the community.
Speaking when he graced their stand during the Mombasa International ASK Show at Mombasa’s Mkomani showground which ran from September 6 to 10, Gachagua said that economic growth and employment creation in the country relies on innovation and training institutions to play a central role in that direction.
He appreciated the staff, students and the University as a whole for its progress so far and commitment to research, training and innovation, saying that he was impressed by their brilliant innovations.
Gachagua keenly watched, listened and engaged TUM students as they explained concepts involved in different exhibitions presented.
Some of the major showcases at to the TUM stand included; the Mkulima App, Architecture and built environment prototypes, Organic digital platforms, the GSM-based farm security, Irrigation system, the Smart system and the Robotic Arm Combined Harvester.
Other exhibits included the Real-time Smart Water Leakage Detection System, Automatic Change over System Using Solar Power and Automated Solar Powered Egg Incubator among others.
TUM Vice-Chancellor Prof. Laila Abubakar commended TUM staff and students for a job well done after the institution emerged victorious in the Best University Stand category.
This year’s Mombasa ASK trade fair attracted over 200 participants from various industries such as agriculture, manufacturing, housing, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), banking, Public and Private sector institutions, hospitality and education.
Mombasa ASK Chairperson Anisa Abdallah noted that more than 1,000 schools from across the country were invited to participate in the event to learn about new technology in the agriculture sector.
This year’s theme was “Promoting Climate-Smart Agriculture and Trade Initiative for Sustainable Economic Growth.”
By Thuita Jaswant
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