Mineral deposits that are lying unexploited in Tharaka Nithi County and especially in Tharaka from lack of technology and skills might be put into use in the near future after the Principal Tharaka University College professor peter Muriungi hinted that plans are underway to introduce a curriculum in the institution that will aid their exploitation.
Speaking during officially opening of Tharaka University College 2rd Annual International Research E-Conference, Muriungi said the University being located in dry Tharaka Land, they have decided to emphasize on courses that will help transform the place in terms of available rich resources.
The principal noted that Tharaka land is endowed with rich mineral deposits that have lied idle unexploited due to lack of technology, resources and skills necessary to put such resources into use.
“Here in Tharaka we have a variety of mineral deposits ranging from copper deposits, iron ore and other valuable materials such as quarry stones but the resources have not helped the locals in any way. Therefore we have partnered with Chuka University to introduce a curriculum in our Tharaka institution which will equip our learners with skills and knowledge to enable exploitation of the resources,’’ Professor Muriungi said.
Another venture of course the university is taking is that of agriculture. Muriungi said that similar to Israel, Tharaka region is dry but very fertile if irrigated which would make it a haven for food production and thus the institution will be deeply venturing into dry land agriculture in bid to transform Tharaka in terms of food production through education offered in the university.
The 2 days virtual conference under theme “the role of Science, Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in sustainable Development’’ and with over 100 participants from all over world is chaired by Prof. Veronica Karimi Nyaga and Prof. Levi Musalia.
Speaking to News Flash 254, Prof. Muriungi said for a nation to progress, research is pivotal and universities should be supported to carry out research that would later yield to substantial developments in the nation. He revealed that so far the results of their research in collaboration with other institutions like Chuka and Meru universities is evident that research is working.
“In other Nations universities are being funded for instance to conduct a research that would help them come up with Covid-19 vaccine which is milestone to achieve among others. As a result of our research, our agriculture department has come up with cheap quality animal feeds that will be released to farmers out there once it is approved by relevant bodies,’’ he said.
The principal urged all the participants present to actively engage in the interesting discussions to be held during the virtual conference to come up with innovations and technologies for sustainable development.