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Welcome to NRCRI

National Root Crops Research Institute Umudike, started on 1st January, 1923 on a 20 hectare land, as a British Colonial Provincial Research Farm, under the Nigeria Colonial Department of Agriculture with headquarters at Moor Plantation Ibadan. Following Nigerian regionalization in 1955, it came under the Eastern Region Ministry of Agriculture that was supervised by the Director of Agriculture at Enugu. In the same year, the School of Agriculture was establishment at the same location. This complex became known as the Eastern Nigeria Agricultural Research Station in 1956.

Our Mandate

Our Mandate

The national mandate of NRCRI is to research into the genetic improvement, production, processing, storage utilization and socio-economies of root and tuber crops of economic importance.

Our Mission

Our Mission

To provide the necessary environment for the production, processing and marketing of value-added products of root and tuber crops towards National food security, income generation, gainful employment and rapid industrial development.

Our Achievements

Our Achievements

The Institute in collaboration with IITA, Ibadan, has substantially contributed to the National Food Security and sufficiency through research and extension activities on root and tuber crops



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Million MT of Cassava produced in Nigeria aided by NRCRI
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MT Garri Contributed by NRCRI to SFR Programme
New Hybrid Yam Varieties Released by NRCRI
Metric tonnes Irish Potato produced in 2012


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Training qualified women scientists in sub-Saharan Africa is one of WAVE's objectives. Dr. Linda Abrokwah, a member of the WAVE Ghana team and chief technician at @Csir_Crops , is one of the scientists on the front line of the fight against #COVID19 in #Ghana.
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COVID-19: Nigeria records breakthrough as NCDC validates viral RNA extraction
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#Kenyan scientists from .@kalromkulima & .@uonbi under @CassavaPlus project have developed CBSD resistant cassava. Their efforts are expected to benefit farmers who lose up to 100% of their harvest in severe infections. Here's their story:


BASICS, Nigeria's cassava seed systems project, ends its 1st phase. New production methods, certification standards, molecular testing, digital systems, commercial entities, joined-up. @FeraScience @iitagoseedltd @RTB_CGIAR @gatesfoundation @DFIDAgResearch @NASC_NG @nrcri_umudike

Four key achievements of the 'Breeder Seed' component of #BASICS presented by @IITA_CGIAR and @nrcri_umudike
1. SAH rapid cassava propagation
2. Breeder seed of improved varieties
3. Demand creation trials for seed promotion
4. Public-private Ltd., for EGS seed


#BASICS project meeting
"Quality Seed" achievements on enhancing cassava stem quality assurance in Nigeria
-Renewed cassava seed standards
-Introduction of Seed Tracker for e-certification
-3rd party certification
@IITA_CGIAR @RTB_CGIAR @FeraScience @nasc @nrcri_umudike


Breeder seed standards stakeholders meeting for cassava, yam and potato at NASC HQ, Sheda Abuja. Great responses and reactions from Prof Egesi on realistic and efficient standards @cegesi

Photos of NRCRI Board members led by the Chairman, Honourable Charles Chukwudi Ubah as they toured round the #NRCRI #BioSciences facilities including the #SAH laboratory, Tissue Culture laboratory, farms and the sites of on-going projects in the institute.
@FmardNg @OFABnigeria


Earlier today...The Executive Director @nrcri_umudike, Prof. U.J Ukpabi, alongside the visiting team from IITA Ibadan, @MaroyaNorbert and @Morufatbalogun commissioned a state-of-the -art Temporary Immersion #Bioreactor System (TIBS) laboratory facility here in the institute.


It was a pleasure meeting with Dr Sneller Clay at @Nacrri_ug. We had a fruitful discussion on ways to improve genomic prediction accuracy for Nigerian cassava genotypes which are being evaluated for resistance to Cassava Brown Streak Disease (CBSD), in Uganda. @NextGenCassava

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