KALRO-Katumani excels at the Machakos southestern ASK show

Rachael Kisilu, Miriam Mutua, Eduardo Kilonzo, Cherani Ariithi andMalo Nzioka
(Photos by Atabachi Ayemba) KALRO-Katumani

The Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) through its Institute  mandated to carry out research and development of agricultural mechanization, crop and livestock technologies, KALRO-Katumani, won in the 5 categories it was evaluated for during the just-concluded Agricultural Society of Kenya (ASK) show in Machakos.  The categories were Best in Research Development, Best in Agricultural-Based Statutory Board Stand, 2nd Best stand that interprets current show theme, 2nd Best medium Government stand and 3rd best in dissemination and information technology. On display were improved production and value added technologies coordinated by the Arid and Semi Arid Lands Project (ASAL) for Amaranth, chicken, beans, cassava and sorghum.

The Amaranth porridge and pop Amaranth (value-added) were definite crowd pullers, albeit the porridge being served in tiny cups and the pop Amaranth being given in very measured doses.

Improved chicken technologies, among the core functions of ASAL, were displayed


The poultry section was flooded with visitors, most of whom bought eggs and chicken of the now-famous kuku kienyeji and placed orders after the products were exhausted.

There were also display on how various cassava processing machines for fried chips (and livestock feed), flour for porridge and Ugali and starch for the fabric industry.

A new method of harvesting sorghum before it dries in the field was explained. This reduces damage by birds and bird-scaring labour.

Also on display were other crops suited for drylands, natural resource management, various avocado, maize and mango and  recipes, technology dissemination pathways including the Internet and information leaflets, and small-scale enterprises spearheaded by KALRO. The event was held between 29 June and 2 July 2016 and was officially opened by His Excellency Dr Alfred Mutua, Governor of Machakos County.

The KALRO-Katumani Institute Director Dr Noah Wawire (with water) guides the Machakos County Governor Dr Alfred Mutua through the sorghum demonstration site assisted by the Racahel Kamene  of KALRO during the Show