With state of the art laboratories, this division handles biotechnology research and development.

Farming Systems

NRCRI zonal mandate for Total Farming Systems Research and Extension of the South East agro-ecological zone.

Product Dev.

Research and training activities into processing, preservation, storage and utilization of the Institute’s mandate crops.

Ext. Services

This programme is responsible for promotion, popularization and dissemination of the Institute’s research findings.

Mandate and Mission

In line with its national and zonal mandates, the institute has the responsibility of conducting research into:

  • Genetic improvement of root and tuber crops of economic importance in Nigeria, such as cassava, yam, cocoyam, sweet potato, irish potato, ginger, rizga, Hausa potato, sugar beets and Turmeric.
  • Agronomy of root and tuber crop production including farming systems development for the southeast agro ecology.
  • Socio-economic problems related to root and tuber crop production
  • Storage, Processing and Utilization of root and tuber crops
  • Design and fabrication of simple agricultural farm tools and equipment.
  • National Root Crops Research Institute has the zonal mandate for the total farming systems Research and Extension covering the 5 States of the Southeast namely, Abia, Anambra, Bayelsa,Ebonyi, Enugu, and Imo . It carries out Agricultural Extension Liaison with relevant Federal and State Ministries, Primary agricultural producers, industries and other users of research findings in collaboration with the National Agricultural Extension Research and Liaison Services (NAERLS).
  • Training of middle level manpower in agriculture leading to award of Ordinary National diploma/Higher National Diploma including vocational training farmers on specialized topics.

Mission Statement

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.


To reduce poverty and increase food security through the development of relevant and sustainable technologies for stake-holders in root and tuber crops. employment and rapid industrial development.


The Institute has developed and released for farmer’s use, 46 improved varieties of cassava of which 6 are Pro Vitamin A.

Between 2001 and 2003, NRCRI in collaboration with IITA developed and released seven first ever white yam hybrids.

Between 2008 and 2010, 13 new hybrid yam varieties were also released giving a total of 20 improved varieties

Several value-added products from root and tuber crops have been developed by the Institute for local consumption and export.

In the 1999 and 2001 World Food Day, the Institute came first in the exhibition mounted by 18 research institutes and agricultural organizations at Abuja.

Irish potato production in Nigeria increased from 523,000 metric tonnes in 1975 to over 750,000 metric tonnes in 2006.