Friday, 24 May 2019

Message from the Chairman, Department of Agricultural Resources Management

The Department of Agricultural Resources Management (ARM) is among the pioneer departments in University of Embu and one of the three departments in the School of Agriculture. The department offers quality academic programmes that are all geared towards ensuring food security and economic sustainability in Kenya and beyond. It also offers innovative modern technologies that focus in addressing current and emerging challenges in Agriculture. The department has tailor made competence based programmes that are carefully thought out to address all agricultural needs in the current dynamic agricultural set-up. Currently, the department is offering a total of 23 programmes in the field of Agronomy, Horticulture, Crop Protection, Crop Improvement, Agro-forestry, Agricultural Biotechnology, Agricultural Engineering, Animal Science and Range Management. The 23 programmes include six Diploma, five Bachelors, six Masters and six Doctorate programmes.

Apart from academic programmes, the department offers proficiency short courses in Tissue Culture, Soil Fertility Management, Irrigation and Water Management, Nursery Management, Disease and Pest Scouting, Seed Production, Post-harvest Technology and production of high value horticultural crops using modern technologies such as hydroponics and conservation agriculture. In addition, the department trains livestock farmers in modern farming technologies in Dairy, Poultry, Pig, Fish and Bee keeping (Apiculture), among others. The department also offers value addition training including Yogurt Processing and On-Farm Animal Feed Formulation. Besides, the department is actively involved in several other extension services including participation in ASK Shows, Trade Fairs, Agricultural Exhibitions and on-air agricultural programmes with different media houses.
 
The department intends to curve its position as an agent of transferring information from the lab to the end user. To achieve this, the department is spearheading the development of an Agricultural Resource Centre (ARC) designed to offer problem based research solutions to agricultural challenges within the region and beyond. The centre will also be coordinating short agricultural courses.  The centre shall have several sections based on agricultural related activities to offer solutions in a multi-disciplinary approach as requested by clients or on need basis. ARC will also be offering extension services and information dissemination through monthly releases, magazines and bulletins.

Agriculture in its current modern form is a business and technological oriented. The mission of the department is to revolutionize Agriculture from traditional to modern knowledge based approach. The department has therefore repackaged delivery of Agricultural services to make it one of the core applied sciences through inclusion of modern biotechnological tools. Additional effort has been made to integrate ICT into Agricultural teaching, research and dissemination of agricultural research. This has enabled the department to enhance the component of Agricultural Information system and to attract the youth in Agriculture.

On the human resource front, the Department currently has one full professor, one associate professor, two senior lecturers, nine lecturers, one tutorial fellow, one graduate assistant, one Principal technologist and two technologists.  The members of academic staff are actively involved in research and student supervision as evidenced by many research publications by top science publishers.

To learn more about the department and the research interests of our staff, please visit our offices in the University or our website http://arm.embuni.ac.ke/.

Dr. Bernard Gichimu,
Chairman, Department of Agricultural Resources Management
University of Embu