The School of Agriculture and Biotechnology aims at training highly skilled manpower for the Kenyan Agricultural sector. The School currently offers several undergraduate programs that include Horticulture; Food Science and Nutrition; Agricultural Economics and Resource Management; Agricultural Extension and Rural Development.
We endeavour to equip our students with hands on experience through extensive practical sessions in our laboratory. Our students also gain more experience through practical lessons in the university farm; and by positive engagement with the farming community that neighbours the university.
Karatina University is situated in a rich agricultural area of Nyeri County with small scale farmers engaging in horticulture, tea and coffee farming, keeping of dairy cattle, goats for milk, chicken, rabbits, bees and fish farming.
We also offer Diploma and Certificate courses in Tea Technology.
The School comprises of three departments namely:-
– Food Science and Nutrition
The Department’s structure
– Agricultural Resource Economics & Economics
– Crop Science
We train our students not just to be employees but also employers. We equip them with relevant skills and encourage them to use their extensive knowledge in establishing and running gainful Agricultural enterprises. We also prepare them to become researchers and scholars in Agriculture; so that they help in generation of more knowledge.
However some of the key employers in the Agricultural Sector include: The Horticultural industry locally and globally; vegetable, flower and fruit enterprises; Relevant Government of Kenya Ministries; Public, Private, Tertiary and Secondary training institutions locally and globally; Public and Private Research Institutions e.g. KARI, TRF, CRF, KEFRI, KEPHIS and other regional and international organizations; Relevant Non-governmental organizations; Industrial crops based firms; Gene Banks and Genetic conservation centres.
Horticulture is one of the leading agricultural sub sectors that provide income, food, raw materials for industries and employment in Kenya. Horticulture is both a science and an art of production, utilization, processing, distribution, marketing, conservation and improvement of fruits, vegetables, flowers & ornamental plants. BSc. Horticulture programme covers all different aspects in the value chain of horticultural crops, starting with soil science and management, plant propagation, seed science and technology, breeding and plant biotechnology, crop production under field and greenhouse conditions, plant protection, postharvest and marketing. Our BSc. Horticulture is comprehensive and prepares students to become leaders in the following fields:
Upon completion of the BSc. Horticulture, those who qualify for master degree programme can choose to specialize in a specific field of horticulture.
Karatina University has intakes in January, May, and September for Full Time, Weekend and Evening classes.
Application Procedure: Application forms for SSP can be obtained from Karatina University, Main Campus, School of Business, Karatina Town or can be downloaded here
Application fee is Ksh. 3,000 for PhD programmes, Ksh. 2,000 for Masters Programmes, Ksh. 1,000 for Undergraduate Programmes and Ksh. 500 for Diploma & and Certificate Programmes. Payments should be made in Bankers Cheque in favour of Karatina University or direct deposit to the University Account: Equity Bank, Karatina Branch, Ac. No. 0040298291603
Duly filled application forms (with relevant certificates and application payment slip attached) should be sent to:
(Academic, Research and Student Affairs)
P.O. Box 1957 – 10101
Or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org