The Mexican Ambassador to Kenya Mr. Erasmo Martinez has pledged that his Government will assist Kenya in enhancing Nixtamalization technology with a view to boost food security.
The ambassador made the remarks at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and technology in Juja during a function in which he launched the 2nd Nixtamalization Milling
Machine which is the second that has been donated to Kenya by the Mexican Government.The first of its kind was donated to Kenya Agricultural, Livestock and Research Organization (KALRO).
Nixtamalization technology has the potential of reducing the problem of aflatoxin that has plagued the eastern region of the country by over 45% and significantly transforms the nutritional profile of maize based food products.
Through this process, maize is treated with lime, cooked, dried and ground to produce flour that can be used to make, sandwiches, tortilla and other related maize-based food products that can replace fast foods which have been associated with obesity.
During the ceremony Mr. Martinez expressed optimism that if Kenyans embraced the technology, they were going to improve the life shelf of maize which was a staple food for the citizens
The ambassador who is soon ending his tour of duty owing to the elections back in his country impressed on JKUAT administration to enhance research on more usage of the technology depending on what the local people liked.
The technology is capable of sprucing up Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) propagating agribusiness in the country especially among the youths which has been one of the challenges of the Kenya Government.
While appreciating the donation, the vice chancellor Professor Mable Imbuga on behalf of the university thanked the ambassador for the kind donation which she said was going to further enhance research for the benefit of food security.
This is in line with the 4 Agendas of President Uhuru’s second term which she said would also help improve the nutrition of the population as well as create jobs in various sectors for the growing population.
Prof.Imbuga lauded the ambassador for choosing JKUAT saying the move had challenged the researchers in the institution to go a notch higher in their research so as to produce innovative ideas that were home grown.
Source: Kenya News Agency