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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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Research Programmes

The National Semi-Arid Resources Research Institute (NaSARRI) has FOUR Research Programs and Administration as a support Entity.

Dr. Biruma Moses Dr. Biruma has over 10 years’ experience in agricultural research and development. He attained his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Master of Science in Crop Science and a Doctor of Philosophy degree at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. Prior to joining NARO, Moses worked with Plan International in Uganda, Makerere University, African Crop Science Society (ACSS) and the International Institute of tropical Agriculture (IITA-Uganda).Read More...
Geoffrey Lubadde is a Plant Breeder and currently the Programme Leader Dry Land Cereals at NaSARRI, he holds a PhD in Plant Breeding from the University of Kwazulu Natal-South Africa (UKZN) under the African Centre for Crop Improvement (ACCI).
He is an alumnus of Makerere University where he obtained the MSc in Crop science, specialising in plant pathology, and a BSc in Agriculture (hons) specialising in crop science.Read More...
Dr. Martin Orawu holds a PhD in Plant Breeding and Genetics from the University of KwaZulu Natal, SouthAfrica. He is a senior plant breeder and genetics working at the National Semi-Arid Resources Research Institute (NaSARRI) in Serere, one of the 16 Public Agricultural Research Institutes (PARIs) of National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO) in Uganda. He has developed and released nine cowpea varieties with resilient to climate change, major diseases and several desirables attributes preferred by farmers in Uganda. He has participated in project proposal write up and won grants for two consecutive times from the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa which he successfully implemented and benefitted the farmers since 2007. He believes that African problems of lack of improved crop varieties, lack of access to quality seed, drought, diseases, pests, hunger, malnutrition and poverty need to work on African crops in order to boost their potential and productivity, consequently enhance farmers’ livelihoods.Read More...
Obuo John Peter Emidiaits is a Research Officer employed by National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO). His station of work is National Semi-Arid Resource Research Institute (NaSARRI) – Serere. He has worked in NARO for 22 years. He holds a master’s degree in Agriculture majoring in agronomy discipline. He has trained in both short and medium term courses, which include; Dryland farming, Learning together for change in integrated agricultural research for development (IAR4D), Farmer participatory Research and Market research, Marketing, Team building, stakeholder analysis, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation and Management Information systems, Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation and Leadership.Read More...


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...

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