Horticulture in Kenya is a major contributor to agricultural production and has evolved to be among the top four sectors that earn significant foreign exchange. The sector is rapidly growing and possesses great potential that needs to be fully exploited for increased output and quality ofhorticultural produce. The realization of this potential requires highly trained technical manpower with practical knowledge and skills in horticulture.
The three-year course leading to the Diploma in Horticulture is designed to produce graduates having broad practical knowledge and skills for the rapidly growing horticulturalindustry in Kenya. The practical-oriented training equips students for technical positions in research, extension, and commercial farms, associated service industries and self employment. Egerton University is suitable for horticultural training, because it is centrally located between Eldoret and Nairobi airports, and in the Rift Valley province that is uitable for production of horticultural crops.