By Allan Wanjiku
Muranga County Government and Muranga University of Technology has signed a Memorundum of Understanding (Mou) to set up an Agricultural campus in Kigumo Sub-County at the the County’s Mariira farm which is known as the Kenyatta farmers’ Training farm.
Governor Mwangi Wa Iria and the University’s Vice Chancellor signed the MOU on Thursday in an agreement that will see the devolved unit cede 50 acres of land to the University from the 100 acre piece of land.
The Institute will be known as the Muranga University College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences and is expected to revive the sleepy Mariira village by spurring the economic growth and creating job opportunities to the local residents.
Local entrepreneurs will build hostels while the farmers will have a ready market for their agricultural produce to feed the students and those in transport sector will have money in their pockets.
After signing the MOU, the governor said the new partnership will contribute to agricultural development by strengthening innovative capabilities, the ability to introduce new products and processes that are relevant to smallholder farmers in the region and other actors in the agricultural sector.
“It’s a major boost to our County whose locals rely on Agriculture to sustain their families, while our children will now have an institution to learn more about the Agriculture and Environment, agri business farmers will have a market for their produce,” he said.
However the Governor said the remaining 90 acres of land will be used for advancing farmers’ agricultural techniques.
On his part, Vice Chancellor Prof Dickson Nyariki said the campus will start by next month since they have received registration forms from over 40 students