The "New" NARO is an apex body created by the Act of Parliament in 2005 to coordinate, guide and oversee all aspects of agricultural research in Uganda.
  • It places emphasises on institutional arrangements that ensure increased responsiveness to farmer needs.
  • It has a Governing Council comprising 16 members drawn from the private sector, civil society organisations, universities, farmer groups and public research institutions to provide guidance and approve priorities and funding.
  • Through its secretariat based in Entebbe, it guides and coordinates publicly funded agricultural research activities undertaken by both public and private research service providers.
  • The bulk of public funding is in the form of grants and loans from development partners and the Government.
  • It is headed by a Director General and deputised by both the Director Research Coordination (DRC) and Director Quality Assurance (DQA).
  • It has newly appointed Directors and Chairpersons of Management Committees for the Public Agricultural Research Institutes (PARIs).
  • It has Agricultural Research Competitive Grant Scheme (CGS) for both public and Non Public Agricultural Research Institutions (PARIs).
  • Both public and Non PARIs are involved in the provision of agricultural research services.
  • There is an established agricultural research forum for both public and Non PARIs.
  • There is a clear separation between funding and management of agricultural research activities.
  • The Public Agricultural Research Institutions (PARIs) are established as semi - autonomous bodies with powers to sue and be sued in their own rights.

About AEATREC, Namalere

  • AEATREC Resaerch Projects
  • Key Achievements

What is AEATREC?

Agricultural Engineering and Appropriate Technology Research Centre (AEATREC) is one of the research units under the National
What does AEATREC do?
AEATREC carries out:
  • Generation, adaptation and dissemination of appropriate agricultural engineering technologies to meet farmer and market demands.
  • Training of farmers, agro-processors and other users
  • Training of and provision of back-up services to rural artisans, technicians and private fabricators
  • Advisory and consultancy services in agricultural and rural engineering
Improving labour productivity,  ensuring timeliness in farm operations and expanding production and productivity for households and markets
Reducing losses in and improving the quality and market value of processed agricultural products
Contributing to sustainable availability
AEATREC is located at Namalere in Wakiso district, 14km along the Kampala-Gulu road and 3km off the Kawanda Trading Centre
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Project 1: Development and promotion of technologies that improve farm labour productivity, reduce postharvest losses and add value to agricultural produce.
Specific expected outputs:
Prototypes of animal-drawn and single axle tractor implements of selected small and large grain seeded crops.
Primary processing technologies for agricultural produce (including grains and cereals, livestock, tubers and roots)
Project 2: Development and promotion of technology options for provision and management of water for agricultural production
Specific expected outputs:
Water harvesting technologies
Smallholder irrigation technologies
Aeration and compaction prototypes, water recirculation and use efficiency systems in fish ponds
Project 3: Development of technological options for exploitatin of renewable energy resources for farm operation.
Specific expected outputs:
Efficient biomass and biogas appliances
Low cost solar energy systems for household use and agricultural production
Wind pumps adapted to multiple use options (home water supply, fish pond water supply & aeration & community water supply).

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It has been accomplished the work.

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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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