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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.


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.


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.


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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We are excited to announce the launch of the First National #Biofortification Recipe Book featuring nutrient-enriched foods in Nigeria! The Book "BIOFORTIFIED CROPS ON MY PLATE" offers over 50 recipes using vitamin A cassava, maize, and sweet potatoes as the main ingredients.

IITA welcomes our new Director General, @simeonehui, as he tours the IITA-@CGIAR headquarters and facilities in Nigeria. The 2-day visit is part of a familiarization exercise to meet with Directors and management team.
#IITAnewDG #OneCGIAR #IITAresearch

The Management and staff of @nrcri_umudike celebrate our quintessential Executive Director/Chief Executive officer, Prof. @cegesi 🎉🎉

We reaffirm our loyalty and unalloyed support to your administration.

Congratulations on your 100 days in office, ED Sir👏👏👏


Congratulations to @iita on the appointment of Dr @simeonehui as the new DG and @CGIAR Regional Director for Africa.
We wish you a successful tenure and will continue to give our unalloyed support to improving food security & economic prosperity for Africa’s smallholder farmers.


Three (3) #yam varieties: UmuDa35 (Delight), UmuDr33 (Blessing) and UmuDr34 (Sunshine) released by @nrcri_umudike, @IITA_CGIAR and EBSU on 19th January 2023! Fruit of many years of work supported by @AfricaYam.

Congratulations to Dr Jude Obidiegwu & team


Prof @cegesi during the #Cassava Genomics Workshop at the Plant & Animal Genomics Conference 30, San Diego, California where cassava researchers from all over the world participated and discussed new frontiers in science and technology of cassava improvement.



Join us on Wednesday, 18 Jan by 10:30am PT for the #Cassava Genomics Workshop happening at the #PAG30. Exciting talks on most recent advances in cassava improvement. @NextGenCassava @IITA_CGIAR @CornellGlobal @DanforthCenter @salkinstitute @PlantAPBA @PAGmeeting @nrcri_umudike

A Very Happy Birthday to you, Prof. Chiedozie Egesi 🎉🎉🎉
Renowned for excellence: A visionary, go-getter and a trailblazer.

May your life continue to be an inspiration to all. Amen


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