National Crops Resources Research Institute (NACRRI) is one of the Public Agricultural Research Institutes under the Policy guidance of the National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO). The headquarters are situated in Namulonge.
Research activities in the Institute are carried out under commodity programs and Units.
Programs:There are five programs according to the mandate i.e. beans, cassava, cereals, potato Bananas and Horticultural crops. There is also Coffee and Tree crops research which are undertaken in Kituza Research Centre in Mukono district. All the programmes have multidisciplinary teams. The institute emphasizes participatory research which involves farmers (and other clients) at all levels of technology generation and development.
Objectives: National Crops Resources Research Institute objectives include increased productivity of crop and livestock production. Specific objectives are;
- Genetic improvement
- pest and disease control and
- Management of mandate crops and feed resource development and management for livestock.
History: National Crops Resources Research Institute (NACRRI) formerly Namulonge Agricultural and Animal Production Research Institute , is one of the Research Institutes under the Policy guidance of the National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO), was established in 1949 by the Empire Cotton Growing Corporation of Britain. The Cotton Research Corporation handed over Namulonge to the Uganda Government in 1972. The Institute continued as cotton Research Station until 1980’s when research on other commodity crops and animal production was introduced. The crops introduced included: maize, cassava, sweet potato, rice, soybean, sunflower, groundnuts, sim-sim, and wheat in addition to cotton.