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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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  • NRCRI Commissions New Biosciences Building
  • Farmers' Helpline Open at NRCRI Umudike



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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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WACCI alumnus develops Cassava varieties with extended fresh root shelf-life

Dr. Damian Ndubuisi Njoku of the National Root Crops Research Institute (NRCRI), Umudike, Nigeria has developed promising cassava varieties with extended fresh roots shelf-life. The improved varieties which remain fresh 15 days after harvest were deliverables of a Bill and Melinda Gates-funded “Programme for Emerging Agriculture Research Leaders (PEARL) project (2015-2019) led by Dr. Njoku, a 2013 graduate of the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI).

The improved cassava genotypes will help address the problem associated with the decay of cassava roots commonly known as Post-harvest Physiological Deterioration, (PPD), said Dr. Njoku in a video documentary. PPD is a major post-harvest challenge associated with cassava roots decaying rapidly after harvesting. Working with the Cornell NextGen and HarvestPlus initiatives and using advanced technologies, tools and methods, Dr. Njoku hopes to release resilient, nutritious and productive varieties of cassava to enhance food security in the most populous country in Africa.

Dr. Njoku is currently an Assistant Director and the Coordinator for the Cassava Improvement Programme at the NRCRI. WACCI is proud of Dr. Njoku, one of several alumni leading plant breeding programmes in 18 countries in Africa.

Congratulations Dr Njoku Damian. More wins

Great job to @TessyUgoMadu1 who is Co-Leader for @RtBfoods work package 1 "Understanding the Drivers of Trait Preferences for the Development of Multi-user RTB Product Profiles" with @NRInstitute👍

@LoraForsythe @CassavaMatters @FESGreenwich https://twitter.com/nrcri_umudike/status/1291325676101009410

NRCRI UMUDIKE@nrcri_umudike

Good job @NextGenCassava partners and enthusiasts @TessyUgoMadu1 and Imo Udo! Great harvest!
@FmardNg @cegesi @CassavaMatters @NASC_NG

Good job @NextGenCassava partners and enthusiasts @TessyUgoMadu1 and Imo Udo! Great harvest!
@FmardNg @cegesi @CassavaMatters @NASC_NG

Webinar on "The Status of Agricultural Biotechnology Research in Nigeria-Media update". Prof @cegesi gave an in-depth analysis of the "Status of #VIRCAPlus Project and it's Role in Preventing Diseases in Nigeria". He summarized by urging Nigerians to "Let Food be thy medicine"


Today in the field with ⁦@nrcri_umudike⁩ scientist PhD candidate ⁦@wacci_gh⁩ ⁦@Mbejoseph⁩. Genetics of nutrient use efficiency in cassava ⁦@NextGenCassava⁩ ⁦@IITA_CGIAR⁩ ⁦@FmardNg⁩ ⁦@CassavaMatters⁩


Insightful presentation by @cegesi at the #NPBA maiden e-Conference. He spoke succintly on "Modernizing Plant Breeding to Sustain Food and Nutrition Security" and reiterated that "Hunger cannot be addressed when gender is ignored".
@Taat_Africa @NextGenCassava


Use this link to register 👉🏽 http://tiny.cc/NPBAe_conference

Afterwards, you will receive a confirmation email on how to join the meeting.
@aatfafrica @OFABnigeria @NextGenCassava @CassavaPlus @sahelconsulting @ScienceAlly https://twitter.com/nrcri_umudike/status/1283327131766984704/photo/1

"The Essence of #NBMA in #Biosecurity and #Biosafety in the face of COVID-19." Dr Ihuoma Okwuonu from @nrcri_umudike spoke explicitly on "Enhancing Food Security Post COVID-19 impact via #Biofortification". @OFABnigeria @BiosafetyNig @CassavaPlus @HarvestPlus @FmardNg


Yes! #Biofortification of #cassava could help to increase immunity to diseases, reduce chances of infection, and reduce dietary deficiency especially for families who rely on cassava as staples" says Prof @cegesi
@CassavaPlus @OFABnigeria @HarvestPlus

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