• 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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  • Exhibition in Karamoja

    NaSARRI participation in the exhibition of its Agricultural Technologies during the Karamoja business Leaders Forum Agricultural show in Moroto District.

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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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  • Handover at NaSARRI

    The Outgoing Director of Research Dr. Beatrice Akello and In-coming Director Dr. Michael Ugen shake hands at the handover at NaSARRI on 12th August 2015.

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  • NARO makes breakthrough in sorghum

    The Director of Research NaSARRI Dr. Micheal Ugen(middle) with Senior Research Officer Mr. Johnie Ebiyau, inspecting a Striga and drought resistant Sorghum varieties field due for release in Namutumba District).

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Cotton Research Program

The Program Contributes to increased cotton production through development of high yielding varieties with better fibre qualities.


Generate and disseminate technologies appropriate for cotton production in Uganda.


1. Develop cotton varieties with long fibres, tolerant to drought, insect pests and wilt diseases.

2. Identify effective soil management options that enhance cotton yield.

3. Identify effective management options for bollworms, lygus bugs and stainers and wilts in cotton production systems.


1. Suitable combination of foliar &granule fertilizers identified: basal application of Bio-potassium and Bio-Phosphate (25kg/ha), then top dress with Urea (100kg/ha) at flowering and spray with megacole at 60 days from planting (BioPg+BioKg+Urea+Meg).

2. Subterranean application of Tithonia diversifolia (1.6-2.0 tons/ha) increases yield (2436.3kg/ha) compared to 1469.7 kg/ha(control).

3.Effective pesticides against bollworms, stainers and lygus bugs have been identified: Aster Extreme, Amdoc, Nimbicide &Agrolambacin applied at a rate of 300ml/ha.

4.Two effective seed dressing chemicals (Maxim and Nordox) against wilt diseases (reduced incidence to <6%) have been identified .

5.Two high yielding cotton lines with better fibre qualities have been identified.


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

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

3. Upcoming National World Food Day Celebrations on 16 October 2016 in Lira District Uganda at NGETTA-ZARDI

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

5. 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...