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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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  • 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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Dryland Legumes Research Program

The Program Conducts research on three commodities ie Cowpea, Mungbean and Pigeonpea.


To be a center of Excellency for dry land legume research.


Generate and disseminate technologies appropriate for enhanced production of dry land legumes in Uganda.


1. To develop high yielding and stress resilient varieties of cowpea, mungbean and pigeonpea with desirable attributes

2. To generate & disseminate appropriate pre -& post harvest crop mgt technologies.

3. To develop &improve value chains of the cowpea, mungbean and pigeonpea.

Soil requirements and seedbed preparation:

1. The crops requires well-drained, sandy loam to clay loam soils. Heavy clays tend to encourage vegetative growth at the expense of grain production. It adapts to a wide range of pH, but prefers slightly acid to slightly alkaline soils (pH range 6-7). It has little tolerance of salinity preference is for lighter soils that allow good rooting.

2. For proper germination, a fine seedbed prepared by two ploughings followed by harrowing is needed; this promotes proper root growth that enables plants to get moisture from the soil. Where the soils are more fragile and prone to erosion, minimum or zero tillage is recommended. Click for more details


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...