NARO Annual Report 2022/2023

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NARO Director General, Dr. Yona Baguma
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Annual Report 2022-2023

Message from Director General NARO

The FY 2022/23 was considered a landmark for NARO, during which it was retained as an entity following the government decision to rationalize agencies and positively restructured with help of the Ministry of Public Service.

NARO also continued to strengthen her product pipelines in crops, livestock, fisheries, and forestry which technologies and innovations contribute to total factor productivity, hence making agriculture more attractive as a business.

During this period, top leadership also evolved. I thus, take this opportunity to thank the previous members of the 4th NARO Governing Council, led by Prof. Joseph Obua, for steering NARO forward in the right direction at the frontiers of agricultural research.

To the new team of the 5th NARO Governing Council, under the able leadership of Dr. William Olaho Mukani, we welcome you, thank you for the good work you have done thus far, and wish you success in developing enabling policies towards improving NARO’s performance at all levels.

I thank my predecessor, Dr. Ambrose Agona for leading the organization for the last nine years and as well express my gratitude to him for his leadership, wisdom, and direction in bringing NARO to this point as a potent research brand on a national and international level.

Reflecting on NARO’s performance during this financial year, we have made significant breakthroughs at the frontiers of agricultural research for development. The launch of anti-tick vaccine on-farm trials in five different agro-ecologies; the isolation and identification of atoxigenic (non-poisonous) Aspergillus flaus strains of Ugandan origin to manage aflatoxin in cereals and nuts; the development of over 40 different products suited for food and nutrition security, and industry for commercialization, are a clear manifestation of the sheer determination and continued commitment of the NARO team.

A total of 23 crop varieties were submitted to the National Variety Release Committee of the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF).

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