National Root Crops Research Institute has the zonal mandate for the total Farming Systems Research and Extension (FSR&E) of South East agro-ecological zone of Nigeria covering the five States of the Southeast geopolitical zone namely, Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, and Imo States. To achieve this mandate FSR&E Division is divided into three programmes, Farming Systems Research Programme (FSRP), Extension Services Programme (ESP) and Post Harvest Technology Programme (PHTP).
OBJECTIVES OF FSR & E DIVISION
- Identification of agricultural activities, production constraints and opportunities, development of improved technologies to solve identified farmers’ constraints using on-station and on-farm research approaches and transfer of the improved technologies to farmers via monthly Technology Review Meetings (MTRMs), Fortnightly Trainings (FNT), field visits and workshops
- Extension Services Programme of National Root Crops Research Institute is responsible for promotion, popularization and dissemination of relevant research findings developed by the Institute through the use of various strategic and cost effective contact methods.
- Development of technologies for storage, processing and utilization (value addition) of root and tuber crops (cassava, yam, sweetpotato, cocoyam, ginger and minor root crops).