Pilot Plant


The Food Science Pilot Plant is wholly owned by the University of Nairobi through its constituent College specializing in teaching and research in Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences

The Pilot Plant as most of the Food Science Department was constructed through partnership with the University of Nairobi and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) and opened in 1977 almost in the same period when the Departments produced its first graduands. The Plant was fully equipped to handle demonstrations in all aspects of Food Processing and Engineering and to also be able to carry out production on a Pilot basis in order to sustain its operations. Due to the Changing times and reduction of support from the donors over the years, the University identified the Pilot plant as an Income Generating Unit and Later aligned it to the government Master plan of Development Vision 2030 to create wealth by Value addition.


The Pilot plant is located at the Food Science department in The College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences on a Standalone Premise comprising of a boiler room, a standard laboratory and production space on two floors. Its provided with adequate facilities for Steam energy generation and cooling facilities comprising of a cooling tower and cold rooms for product storage.
Practicals Carried Out in the Pilot Plant

The pilot Plants Main objective is to adequately provide experience in Food Processing  to Food Science , Nutrition and Technology Students especially in the areas of:

Course Lecturer Involved
Dairy Technology Dr. J. Wango
Food Engineering Systems Prof E.G. Karuri
Fruits and Vegetable Technology Prof J. Imungi
Beverages and Fermentation Biotechnology Prof. S. K. Mbugua
Cereal Technology Mr. P. Lamuka
Meat Technology Dr. C.  Kunyanga

Also the Pilot Plant provides facilities to Students and Staff to carry out research in various aspects of Food Processing.

Head of Section

Prof. E. G. Karuri

Areas of specialization: Unit operations in Food Processing, Food Engineering Systems and Measurement and Control Engineering.

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Staff (Teaching and Non-Teaching)

Mr. Frederick Mugo Murithi

Higher Diploma (Kenya Polytechnic)


Senior Technologist and Pilot Plant In-Charge

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Mr. Paul Ong'aro

MSc(ongoing - JKUAT), BSc (UoN), Diploma (KIM)


Senior Technologist.

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Mr. Stephen Adembo Okello

Diploma (Kenya Polytechnic), Certificate (Kenya Polytechnic)



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Mr. Isaac Maitha

Diploma (Kenya Polytechnic)


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Mr. Leonard Njue Giconi

Diploma (Mombasa Polytechnic)



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