The County Government of Laikipia and Dedan Kimathi University of Technology(DeKUT) have partnered numerous times which have brought exemplary outcomes.
The two have partnered in a bid to provide solutions to problems facing Laikipia as the government aims at eradicating poverty and making the residents empowered economically.
Small and Medium Enterprises in Laikipia have also directly and otherwise benefited from the partnership of the County Government and DeKUT.
When COVID-19 hit the country, the devolved unit worked together with the university to train Laikipia tailors to make face masks and other protective gear instead of importing the same. Those trained became trainers to teach the rest the new skill that was very necessary for fighting the pandemic.
The university also helped in developing ventilators, which were in high demand and unavailable for importation.
The collaboration has seen Sagak Tech continue developing the BJ-50 tuk-tuk in Laikipia west. The engineers from the university are in constant consultation to ensure the tuk-tuk is more beneficial.
The most recent project from the collaboration of the two institutions is the modern cereal dryer that Mwireri Engineering is developing with the help of engineers from DeKUT. The new machine has the capacity to dry 6-8 tonnes of maize per hour. Thereby solving the aflatoxins issues.
This will fix the perennial maize storage problems, where farmers suffer hefty losses due to aflatoxin accumulation in their maize when stored in normal warehouses. These drying machines will dry maize to the right standard moisture content – reducing postharvest losses brought by storage problems.
The partnership is set to continue as Laikipia is established to become a manufacturing hub. The engineers from Kimathi University will train local engineers on the best designs for their products.