MuZARDI – Mukono Zonal Agricultural Research and Development Institute

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Mukono Zonal Agricultural Research and Development Institute

WHO WE ARE

ACHIEVEMENTS

GOVERNANCE

PARTNERS

FUNCTIONS

NEWS

PROGRAMS

PRODUCTS

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About Us

Who We Are

ZARDIs were established under the 2005 National Agricultural Research System Act of 2005 and are all semi-autonomous. Over the years, the institute has transitioned from a District Farm Institute (DFI) to an Agricultural Research and Development Centre (ARDC) and finally to its current state.

Mukono ZARDI is one of the nine Zonal Agricultural Research Institutes (ZARDIs) under the National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO).

Our Mission

To generate and disseminate appropriate, safe and cost-effective technologies.


 

Our Vision

A market responsive, client-oriented and demand-driven national agricultural research system.
   

Our Mandate

MuZARDI is mandated to carry out applied and adaptive research for the Lake Victoria Crescent Agro-ecological Zone.

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Our Journey and Milestone

Poultry Breeding Facility Commissioned at NARO-Mukono ZARDI

To ensure that agricultural technologies developed by NARO reach and benefit communities within the Lake Victoria Agro-ecological Zone (LVAEZ). Mukono ZARDI has transitioned over the years from a District Farm Institute (DFI) to an Agricultural Research & Development Centre (ARDC) to a Zonal Agricultural Research Institute.

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Governance

Mukono ZARDI is led by a Director of Research who is overseen by the Advisory Committee that comprises five members selected from both the public and government sector.

The workforce is categorized under three programmes; Crop and Natural Resources, Technology Promotion and Outreach and Livestock Research programmes. These are headed by programme heads.

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Program Leaders

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Operational Area

Community Engagements & Outreach

Mukono ZARDI serves 22 Districts of Central Uganda which include; Mubende, Mityana, Luwero, Kyankwanzi, Mukono, Kayunga, Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Masaka, Kalangala, Buikwe, Kalungu, Lwengo, Mpigi, Kampala, Bukomansimbi, Gomba, Butambala, Buvuma, Wakiso, Kiboga and Kasanda. It is the most populous region with about 10 million people.

MuZARDI works with Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries-MAAIF, National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS), Operation Wealth Creation (OWC), district local Governments in the LVCAZ, Community based organizations and NGOs; farmer, youth and women groups; schools and universities like Kyambogo University, Uganda Christian University, Makerere University, Victoria University, Bukalasa Agricultural College, Busitema University among others.

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Programs/Activities

Community Engagements & Outreach

For the institute to create a lasting impact in the Lake Victoria Crescent Zone, it carries out several outreach activities that enhance technology transfer among clients. These are through exhibitions, agricultural shows organized within and beyond the Zone, farmer exchange visits, farmer and school competitions, open days and field visits. These are carried out in partnership with farmers, district extension staff, Non-Governmental Organizations and local governments in the 22 districts of the Zone.

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Products & Services

Understand technology and information needs in the diverse farming systems of the Lake Victoria Crescent Agro-ecological Zone.

Use participatory methods to prioritize needs, and  disseminate appropriate technologies, along the value chain i.e. from production to marketing.

Strengthen linkages between research, extension services and end-users including farmers and industry.

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Strategic/Thematic Areas

Focus on catchment specific demand-driven research
Support existing knowledge by gap filling
Adaptive trials
Training
Product & prototype testing
Market launch
Demos
Technology expos
Strategic partnerships
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Research Focus

Crop and Natural Resources Research Programme

Urban and peri-urban farming for income and food security
Agro forestry with high value technologies like apples
Soil management research
Seed and planting material multiplication of improved plant varieties

Livestock Research Programme

Aquaculture research and management technologies
Piggery research
Poultry research
Research on beef and dairy cattle management on small acreage

Technology Promotion and Outreach Programmes

Training and consultancies for improved agricultural technologies & soft skills
Promotion and provision of outreach services for NARO technologies
Provision of internships and volunteering opportunities for young scientists
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Other Services

One-day training tours; Mukono ZARDI offers trainings that are conducted under the one day tour programme.
Conference facilities; the Institute also offers workshop services that include a training and conference rooms, hostel, television, catering unit and beautiful gardens.
Corporate responsibility: With its own football pitch, Mukono ZARDI supports a local youth team NARO Ntawo FC that benefits the youth in the community.
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Achievements & Milestones

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Partnerships & Collaborations

District local governments in the LVCAZ;

Community based organizations and NGOs;

Farmers, youth and women groups;

Schools and universities like Kyambogo and Makerere Universities;

Other NARO institutes;

Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD),

International universities.

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Volunteer & Internships

Application Procedure for Volunteers and Internships

Volunteers: Interested persons are advised to write and deliver applications to MuZARDI on weekdays.

Internships: MuZARDI runs one internship program annually. Students are advised to deliver applications and university recommendations to the Institute on weekdays.

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Contacts

Contact Information

  • Mukono Zonal Agricultural Research and Development Institute - MuZARDI
  • +256 414290232 +256 414290235
  • info@muzardi.go.ug
  • NTAWO Road, Mukono
  • P.O.BOX 164
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