Wambugu Agricultural Training Centre is one of the Agricultural Training Centers in Kenya and the only one in Nyeri County located 5 Km from Nyeri town along Nyeri-Nairobi road.
It is at an altitude of 5779 ft and within agro ecological zone UM3. The Training Centre was started in 1954 after the launching of the Swynnerton plan in the 1950’s, which called for intensification of African agriculture. Since then Wambugu ATC has continued to play a major role in the development of both livestock and crop production in the county and beyond.
Wambugu Agricultural Training Centre covers an area of 38 hectares (94 acres) after donating 30 acres to Kenya School of Agriculture. Our catchment area includes the whole of Nyeri County, which covers an area of 3,337.1 Km2.
“To be a center of excellence for training farmers and other stakeholders in Nyeri County and beyond’’.
To train farmers and other stakeholders on relevant agricultural technologies and skills in agriculture through teaching, demonstrations and provision of training facilities”.
The overall objective of WATC is to provide quality training services and facilities for enhancing agriculture and development.
Specific objectives for the WATC are:
To improve access to agricultural technologies, innovations and information;
Provide quality-training facilities for agricultural development;
Promotion of sustainable land use and conservation of natural resources;
Promote household food security;
To provide improved germplasm to users.
Promote value-addition and utilization of agricultural produce; and
Promote commercialization of agricultural enterprises.
The following are the core functions of Wambugu ATC:
To offer residential and non-residential training on relevant technologies backed with practical demonstrations;
To provide training facilities to farmers and other stakeholders involved in Agriculture and development;
To maintain a model farm for training purposes and for demonstration to Stakeholders in agriculture;
To provide facilities for and participate in carrying out adaptive on-farm as well as national performance trials of relevant technologies;
To serve as bulking center of plant materials, multiplication of livestock and fingerlings for farmers and conservation of germplasm;
To generate revenue.
To provide incubation for viable agri-business to stakeholders and tailor made hands on skills and knowledge.
Agricultural Mechanization Services (AMS) Naromoru station is located in Kieni East Sub County. It lies about 13 km from Chaka town along Nyeri-Nanyuki highway. According to records, the AMS station initially occupied 285 acres( L.R No. 1246/1/3/R ) .This was later reduced to the current 93 acres in July 1997.
To be the leading provider of agricultural mechanization services to farmers for enhanced food security, employment creation, income generation and poverty reduction.
To promote sustainable and competitive land development machinery services to enhance improved livelihoods of our farmers and resources sustainability.