About Us » Background
- NaCRRI: Science for food, nutrition and income security
- NaCRRI: Science for your well-being
- NaCRRI: Crop science for you
National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI) is a public agricultural research institute under the policy guidance and co-ordination of the National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO). The mandate of NaCRRI is to generate, develop and disseminate appropriate crop technologies, methods and knowledge on food and cash crops of national importance.
Presently our priority crops include: beans, cassava, maize, rice, Sweet potato, fruits, vegetables, species and essential oils. These crops have also been identified as priority crops in the Agricultural Sector Strategic Plan for the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries. It also hosts the Uganda Bio-sciences Research and Training Center, Regional Cassava Centre of Excellence, National Invasive Species Co-ordination Unit and the Regional Rice Research and Training Center.
NaCRRI works towards generating crop research outcomes for impact, addressing critical farmer challenges for a healthier and wealthier populace. This research hub is meeting famer challenges by building partnerships with both public and private sectors to develop and disseminate appropriate crop technologies for use by especially smallholder farmers in Uganda. Our diverse expertise research team is committed to driving the Institute’s contribution towards Uganda’s crops research agenda.
Crop technologies transforming livelihoods and fostering socio-economic development
To generate, promote and disseminate appropriate crop technologies, knowledge and information
Current crop improvement and development interventions
- Disease and Pest resistance
- Drought Tolerance
- Tolerance to low fertility soils
- Yield improvement
- Pre-and post-harvest management options
- Highland varieties
- Biofortification (Nutrition enhancement)
- Industrial feasibility
- Genetic resource conservation
- Increased shelf-life
- Value Addition
- Innovative Biosciences research and training
Research for ImpactThe technologies developed from the institute especially adapted varieties are suitable for agro-ecologies in Uganda and their accompanying management practices provide livelihood and house hold income to nearly 86 percent of Ugandans who are smallholder farmers. For example;
- Maize varieties developed from the institute is grown on more than one million hectares (about 20 percent) of total crop area. More than 60% of the maize is exported to neighbouring countries earning foreign exchange to the country of USD 50 million in 2013 (BoU, 2014).
- Development and promotion of new adapted rice varieties from the institute has increased production and significantly reduced rice imports saving the country approximately USD 30 million (URA, 2012).
- Research from the institute reversed the epidemic of cassava mosaic disease that almost wiped out cassava in the 1990’s, with the cost of offsetting the resultant food gap in the north and north-eastern Uganda estimated at US$ 60 million per annum between 1990 and 1995.
Our Services and Products
- Foundation seed
- Expert consultancy services
- Hi-tech Laboratory services
- Training and Internship
- Conference & Accommodation services
- Recreation service (e.g. Golf course)
- Motor workshop services