Thursday, July 9, 2015

Mentorship Seminar

CAVS will hold a mentorship Seminar titled “Making the Best While in Campus" on 8th July 2015.
The guest speaker will be Lennard Asher from Empowerment Resource Technologies Limited.
The Venue: 8.4.4 Lecture Theater and Time: from 12.30 p.m. - 2.00 p.m.
Click to read Memo attached

CAVS Biogas Project

An outlook of the completed College Biogas Dome from above 
The above refereed project started in earnest on Friday13th March, 2015 after a colorful ceremony to hand over the site to the contracting firm, Pharma Consulting Engineers, witnessed by the CAVS and Ministry of Energy and Petroleum officials. The contract was signed between the Ministry and the Contracting firm on 5th March 2015. The contract sum is KES 7.5 million and construction will take 20 weeks and an additional 8 weeks of system testing.
The work has progressed well with the following accomplished to date.
1.   Digester and expansion chamber construction completed
2.   Gas pipe line of 1.3 km in length excavated, laid and backfilled to the right compaction.
3.   Seven water condensation traps put in place to collect vapour that would otherwise impede gas flow to the kitchen.
4.   Channel to direct cow dung to mixing chamber for ease of collection and channel to direct bio-slurry to the nearby farm.
5.   Biogas bag , compressor, desulfulizer, 4- 50 litre cook stoves and two gas meters procured in readiness for installation once gas build up is witnessed and possible leakages eliminated completely.
6.   Biogas bag enclosure completed, though anticipated to provide a shelter

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Seed Production Field Diagnostics

The Seed Enterprise Management Institute (SEMIs) project at CAVS successfully held its first scheduled course on seed production field diagnostics. The one week course was attended by 24 participants from 11 Sub-Saharan African countries. At the start of the course, the trainees laid their expectations of the course which ranged from; managing pests and diseases in beans, insect identification and control, managing diseases of nuts among others. The participants were instructed on a number of key topics which included; the seed value chain, insect pests, weeds, diseases and their management and crop inspection procedures.                  
Apart from lectures, laboratory practicals and field sessions were held at CAVS where the course attendants were engaged in hands-on activities to instill the theories.  Laboratory practical sessions were held at Botany lab, department of plant science where insect infested crops and diseased plants were availed for studies at different days. Similarly, weed plants were also availed however participants were also moved to the Field station crop lands where they instilled elaborate skills on scouting for pests and disease identification.
As the course progressed, field visits were made to KEPHIS Muguga, KEPHIS Lanet and KALRO Njoro where more practical sessions in laboratories and field were held. This provided a platform for participants to ask pertinent questions on regulations and control of pests and diseases by government bodies.
Take home message for participants
The Participants trained from the various seed companies acknowledged the depth of knowledge SEMIs presenters had. They attested to fact that the training had refreshed their minds on aspects of pest management and seed value chain as a whole.  At the same time, they marveled at how SEMIs team was well organized with respect to training and hospitality.

Friday, August 1, 2014

UoN Chancellor’s Tour to CAVS on 4th July, 2014

The College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences is now set to receive our University Chancellor on Monday, 4th August, 2014. Preparations went on a high notch yesterday as the College Management Board led by the College Principal; Prof. Agnes W. Mwang’ombe toured all key facilities in the college just to ensure that all will be well on the day D.

Dr. (Mrs)Vijoo Rattansi, Chancellor - University of Nairobi

Accompanied by the University’s Executive UMB, the Chancellor, Dr. Vijoo Rattansi (Mrs) will carry her first familiarization tour of the college from 11.00am to 5.00pm. The entire college fraternity takes this earliest opportunity to welcome the Chancellor to the College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences. Karibu sana our Chancellor.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Can we adequately and nutritionally feed ourselves? Give your contribution

Food and Nutrition security is of great concern and a challenge 
which is becoming very evasive to solve or handle globally and 
yet in the Constitution of Kenya 2010 food is a rights issue. 
The level of hunger and malnutrition in the world today is 
worrying and this is going to become more serious in the presence 
of climate change. Technocrats at global level and development 
partners are making efforts to tackle this challenge. Hunger and 
malnutrition should be considered as a developmental issue. 
At some quarters there is a belief emerging that the world 
has adequate food and that we should concentrate our efforts 
elsewhere to be able to feed ourselves. Current global population 
is about 7 billion and expected to reach just above 9 billion 
by 2050. Give your contribution on this issue of food and nutrition 
security or just on hunger and malnutrition and how we can manage 
this problem whether at national, regional or global level.

A. W. Mwang'ombe, PhD,
Principal, CAVS, UoN.

Friday, July 25, 2014


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All students in the College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences are invited to attend a Motivational Talk which is scheduled for Friday 25th July, 2014 starting from 12.30p.m. to 2.00p.m at the 8-4-4 lecture theatre. The guest speaker will be Mr. Lennard Ojiambo Asher of Empowermenr Resource Technologies Limited. Mr. Asher is a well known Consultant and Motivational Speaker. You stand to benefit by attending this important talk.
Refreshments will be served at the Prinicpal's parking after the talk.

CAVS NEWS - July to December 2013 Edition Now Out

This is to inform all that the CAVS Newsletter, July - December 2013 edition is now out.Click to read the newsletter online.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

September 2014 Admissions in Progress

This is to inform all prospective College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences students that the September admissions for various Certificate, Diploma, undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes are on progress. These programs are offered in face-to-face and ODEL modes.
For more information, contact the deans and director offices as follows;
1. Dean, Faculty of Agriculture
Tel: +254 020 2181354

2. Dean, Faculty of veterinary Medicine
Tel: +254 020-2181370

3. Director, WMIPES
Tel: +254 20 2506448


Click to read more.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Consultative meeting between University of Nairobi and Mea Limited on implementation of Biofix® Technology Transfer

The meeting was held on 11th July 2014 at Mea Limited Head Office (West End Towers-Westlands). The meeting was co-chaired by the MD Mea Ltd ,Mr. Eustus Muriuki and UoN Intellectual Property coordinator, Prof. J.W. Mwangi. CAVS was represented by Ag. Chairman Dept. LARMAT, Prof. G. Kironchi , and College Bursar, Mr. G. Ndiritu .

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Green Cleaner Environment

The College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences (CAVS) had set a target to plant 20,000 tree seedlings of mainly indigenous species in the year 2013/2014. In the two tree planting seasons, i.e. October-November 2013 and April-June 2014, the College in partnership with various collaborating institutions and carried out an intense tree planting programme at various locations mainly on the University land. 
Staff and Students planting tree at Kanyariri Veterinary Farm - UoN
This aimed to contribute towards a ‘Green Cleaner Environment’, which was the year’s theme in tree planting and other environmental sustainability activities.
A total of 20,198 trees seedlings were planted.
Read more and make comments on how the University improve on her tree planting programmes that are run by different colleges and Units.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Youth and Agriculture

Agriculture is the mainstay of majority of the countries in Sub Saharan Africa. Agriculture and allied sectors contribute 30-50% or even more o these countries GDPs. Youth and even Agricultural graduates are still not attracted to Agriculture. This is despite the factor that Agricultural produce is still in high demand not just in Africa but also around the world. The world population is growing and at the moment stands at just above 7,0 Billion and Africa contributes just above 1.0 Billion. It is estimated that by 2050 the world population will be about 9.0 billion and Africa will have added 1.2 Billion or so. Africa is said to be holding about 60% of the world’s arable land. Thus, Africa has the opportunity to produce and engage in value addition to generate products to feed herself and even export. Remember at the moment, there is no substitute for food. In addition, Agriculture does provide an opportunity for diversification of economic activities in any country.

Based on this, views are sought on the given title.

Why are the youth including agricultural graduates shunning participation in agriculture? Give your opinion.
Prof. A. W. Mwang'ombe, Principal - CAVS