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John Adriko

Dr. Adriko John is a Crop Scientist with experience in both field agriculture and research. Dr. Adriko holds a PhD in Plant Pathology from the University of Copenhagen, Masters Degree in Crop Science and Bachelors Degree in Agriculture, both of Makerere University. He has valuable skill and experience in agriculture and food security obtained during his work with District Local Government Production Department, National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS), and National Agricultural and Research Organization (NARO). He also worked as Agricultural Consultant for NilePro Consult Limited and now Arise Development Consultants playing a key role in training farmers on agriculture production for income and food security for the Arua District Local Government, World Vision, CARE Uganda, and Eastern Archdiocesan Development Network (EADEN). He also worked as Field Extension Agent for Farm Talk/ Tree Talk in West Nile (Straight Talk Foundation). He has carried out farmer trainings in improved crop production for Governmental as well as Non-governmental institutions. Dr. Adriko was the agriculture technical expert in a market access survey done for ZOA Uganda and Lead Consultant in agriculture, food security and child nutrition analysis for Plan Uganda.

Research Unit: Biodiversity & Biotechnology Program
Designation: Research Officer
Qualification: PhD
  • Adriko, John, Ernest Rashid Mbega, Carmen Nieves Mortensen, Ednar Gadelha Wulff, Wilberforce Kateera Tushemereirwe, Jerome Kubiriba, and Ole Søgaard Lund. "Improved PCR for identification of members of the genus Xanthomonas." European journal of plant pathology 138, no. 2 (2014): 293-306.
  • Adriko, John, et al. "Multiplex PCR for specific and robust detection of Xanthomonas campestris pv. musacearum in pure culture and infected plant material." Plant Pathology 61.3 (2012): 489-497.
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About the National Agricultural Research Laboratories (NARL)

  • Welcome message from the Director
  • Research Programmes:
  • Core Values of NARL


Formerly a rubber estate, the institute was acquired in 1934 from K. Borup, a Danish farmer. It became the headquarters of research division of the Department of Agriculture in 1937 with a mandate to conduct research on coffee, tea, cotton and native food crops. The 630 hectare station located13km north of Kampala became the hub for scientific investigations for African agriculture to make it more productive and economically viable.

The institute has undergone several transformations both in naming and core research mandates and activities over the years. Currently, it is one of the six National Agricultural Research Institutes (NARIs established by the NAR Act 2005) under the dispensation of the National Agricultural Research organization.

Our Mandate

Conducting research and providing services on soils, agro-meteorology and Environment; bananas; biosystems and agricultural engineering; food science and agribusiness; and biodiversity and biotechnology

Our Goal:  Agricultural productivity and household incomes increased through use of improved technologies and practices

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  Research Programmes:

Implementation of activities is organized in five research programmes and an information and documentation unit supported by an administration unit:

  • Soils, Agro-meteorology and Environment Research Programme,
  • Banana Research Programme,
  • Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Research Programme,
  • Food Biosciences and Agribusiness Research Programme,
  • Biodiversity and Biotechnology Programmes.

Hosted institutions:

  • International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
  •   International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)
  •   Korean Project on International Agriculture (KOPIA)
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Core Values of NARL:

  • Excellence
  • Accountability
  • Market responsiveness
  • Client oriented
  • Demand driven
  • Sustainability
  • Integrity
  • Gender sensitivity
  • Transparency
  • Environment consciousness

Institute expected outputs

NARL’s activities are premised on the following outputs:

  • Tools, recommendations and technologies for improved soil and water management, sustainable land use and resilience to climate change
  • Improved banana varieties and other technologies for enhancing banana productivity and utilization
  • Technologies and practices that enhance conservation and utilization of genetic resources
  • Processes, systems and products that enhance market value of agricultural commodities
  • Biosystems and agricultural engineering products that improve agricultural production efficiency
  • Impact at specified sites created through multi-stakeholder innovation platforms
  • Information systems that support agricultural research and development
  • World class infrastructure and management systems that strengthen generation and promotion of outputs
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To be a centre of excellence generating and promoting appropriate agricultural technologies


To generate and promote agricultural technologies and improve productivity, value addition, income and food security


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