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  • World Food Day at Rwebitaba ZARDI

    H.E Yoweri K. Museveni the president of the Republic of Uganda visiting the NaSARRI stall at the World Food Day (WFD) Celebrations 2015 at Rwebitaba ZARDI one of the NARO Institutes in Fortportal District.

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  • NaSARRI Trains Breeding Technicians

    It’s against the back drop that the National agricultural Research Organization (NARO) in partnership with the Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) initiated a course to train the technicians in breeding techniques.

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  • HOPE 2 Project for developing high yielding finger millet and Sorghum varieties

    Upon Successful Implementation of Phase one, NaSARRI has been considered to implement the second phase of the project adding sorghum as another crop to be improved upon. The project implemented in partnership with the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi -Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) based in Kenya had initially considered finger millet in its first phase.

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  • ICRISAT happy with hope2 project progress in Uganda

    During a back stopping visit for the HOPE2 project, Dr. Erick Manyasa and Dr.HamadoTapsoba officials from the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics- ICRISAT Nairobi visited the project implementing partner in Uganda and expressed content with the project progress so far. Dr. Manyasa had met with the project team at the National Semi-Arid Resources Research Institute-Serere

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  • Farmers in Northern Uganda to benefit from multi-million groundnut seed production project

    NaSARRI and Equator Seeds Company are in a partnership to implement a groundnut seed production project that will see farmers in the northern part of the country produce and supply over 800 metric tons to the seed company by the end of the project. With this, the farmers are bound to increase their income by at least 10 per cent.

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  • Farmers to get new greengram varieties

    In eastern and northern Uganda, greengram, popularly known as choroko in Ateso, has been cultivated and consumed for a long time in these regions. The area under greengram is expanding due to increased demand, both in local and regional markets especially Kenya and South Sudan.

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  • TLIII project on groundnuts, changing lives of small holder famers in Northern Uganda

    This 30 member group with over 70% women a found Alero Sub-county Nwoya district in Northern started groundnut seed production last year on a one acre piece of land but their interest for the crop is only growing every other day.

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  • NARO Releases Four Sorghum Varieties

    This release has come after a period of testing, and has been informed by famers’ preferences through a number of participatory variety selections, during the National Performance Trial (NPT) evaluation process and finally the Distinctness, Uniformity and Stability (DUS) test before being released by the National Variety Release Committee (VRC), under MAAIF, during a meeting that was held at Namalere a Kampala Suburb on 05/07/2017.

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National Semi-Arid Resources Research Institute: NaSARRI

Program leaders Corner

The National Semi-Arid Research Resources Institute (NaSARRI) Groundnut Department is mandated to conduct research on groundnuts (Arachis hypogaea L) in Uganda. It undertakes research aimed at cultivar development, maintenance and conservation through germplasm collection, characterization, evaluation, breeding, maintenance and generation of appropriate crop management technologies for sustained production.

Most of the varieties traditionally grown by farmers in Uganda are landraces adapted more for survival than yield superiority. Yields from such varieties average 800 kg/ha of dry pods although yields of 3,000kg/ha have been achieved from on-station plots. The low onfarm yields are attributed to a mirage of factors such as unreliable rains, non-irrigated cultures, traditional small-scale farming with little mechanization, outbreaks of pest infestations and diseases, the use of low-yielding seed varieties and increased and/or continued cultivation on marginal land. Political instability and the frequently unsupportive oilseed policies have also played their role in low groundnut productivity.

Therefore, there is excellent potential for yield improvement once these manmade problems are solved. Research efforts have, since the 1930s, endeavored to breed varieties that are high yielding, resistant to major pests and diseases, tolerant to drought, high in oil content and have a short to medium maturity period, as well as to develop appropriate production packages. These efforts have resulted in the release of 14 varieties, the most recent being Serenut 1R, Serenut 2T, Serenut 3R, Serenut 4T, Serenut 5R, Serenut 6T, Serenut 7T, Serenut 8R, Serenut 9T, Serenut 10R, Serenut 11T, Serenut 12R, Serenut 13T and Serenut 14R. These varieties have helped to address some of the production problems listed above.

However, the diverse market preferences and field stability of these new varieties, in light of ever emerging stresses calls for continuous participatory research while at the same time keeping crop improvement, quality and safety linked to practical applications. Emerging issues like soil health, aflatoxin, leafminer pest, value chain analyses, climatic changes and biotechnology need to be addressed and form part of the routine groundnut research agenda. Exploitation of novel breeding approaches like molecular breeding to complement conventional breeding would increase the efficiency of cultivar development. Additionally, to maintain or increase market share, producers and exporters need to adapt to the type of groundnut cultivars consumers prefer.

An innovative groundnut seed system approach with all the key stakeholders participating needs to be developed to match the demand and conserve the groundnut chain. The future of the groundnut sector in Uganda looks promising. The weaknesses in the current seed systems, the enforcement of quality standards, the technology delivery and the grain marketing systems needs urgent addressing. Mitigating these constraints will lead to use of improved technologies and the production of high quality groundnuts, which meet regional and international market standards.


1. IFAD Mission supporting vegetable oil development on 4th-15th September 2017 in Eastern Uganda.

2. Annual CCRP Sorghum project mid review on 15th-17th September 2017.

3. NARO releases FOUR Surghum varieties NAROsorg1, NAROsorg2, NAROsorg3 and NAROsorg4 Read More

2. World Food Day celebrations- 16th-Oct-2017 at Kachwekano ZARDI Kabale District in Uganda

4. Genetic analysis and improvement of pearl millet for rust resistance and grain yield in Uganda. Read More

6. NaSARRI to Strengthen Seed Delivery System for Dryland Cereals and Legumes in Drought-prone Areas of Uganda. Read More

7. Pearl millet socio economic and production features in Uganda. Read More

8. Mr. Ebiyau John (Senior Research Officer) looks to pass on his sorghum genius. Read More

10. The Institute releases new millet variety for use in brewing beer. Read More

NaSARRI Program Technologies

NaSARRI conducts research on only one fibre crop Cotton Read More...

The dry land cereal programe conducts research in millets (finger and pearl millets) and sorghum. Read More...

The dry land cereal programme conducts research on Cowpea and Greengram Read More...

The Oilcrops program conducts research on (Groundnuts, Simsim and Sunflower). Read More...