National Root Crops Research
Institute (NRCRI), Umudike, Nigeria.
Dr. G.N. Asumugha
National Root Crops Research Institute, Umudike
• To continue to impart rural women & Youths skills
and farmers knowledge in root and tuber crops
production, processing and utilization as well as
other relevant technologies in the locality.
• To enable end users utilize these technologies for
business, income generation and household
• Continue to encourage the adoption of these
improved technologies for job creation and to
enhance and ensure food security.
• To popularize and disseminate improved
technologies for large scale adoption.
• Empower economically the resource poor farmers.
• Create job opportunities for the youths.
• Increase the percentage of school graduates who
go into agriculture.
• Increase the number of students registering
Agricultural Science in SSCE/NECO.
Communities selected in 2012
• Oriendu - Umuahia North LGA, Abia State
• Akoli Imenyi - Bende L.G.A., Abia State
• Umunkiri-Obingwa L.G.A., Abia State
Schools selected in 2012
Ibeku High School- Umuahia North L.G.A.
• Sancta-crux Olokoro- Umuahia South L.G.A.
• Wesley Seminary Ndoro- Ikwuano L.G.A.
• Meeting with communities/ village heads for site selection.
• Establishment of demo farms (.5ha in each community -
cassava, yam and Sweet potatoes).
• Cluster formation and facilitating groups.
• Addition of 3 new communities/ 3 new schools in 2013
• Capacity building- Training on value addition to R&T and
• Integrated farming (crop production/Animal production-
Poultry in 2012, fisheries for 2013)
• Partnership/ linkages- ADPS, Press, Govt., etc.
• AROC (Upgrading 3 in 2012, establishing 3 in 2013) and
display of technologies and resource materials.
• Farmers field day to be organized in 2013.
• Innovation plat form instituted
• Pro-vitamins “A” cassava varieties was
planted in one outreach school.
• Orange fleshed sweet potato was planted.
• High yielding sweet potato with high
starch content for starch and glucose
• Group formation- young farmers club
(YFC) and farmers groups.
• Feb. 2012- meeting with farmers to map out work
plan for the farming season.
• May- June- Distribution of improved cassava
cuttings to Farmers, already with farmers.
• June- August - Establishment of Demo farms.
• August- Sept. – planting of sweet potato
• Oct.-Nov. – Establishment of AROC in 3 outreach
schools and late planting of cassava.
• December- Harvesting of sweet potato and
Establishment of Dry season Nursery for sweet
Umunkiri Adopted village Project,
Obingwa LGA, Abia State
• 1. Training on Value Addition
• 2. Establishment of Demofarm on NRCRI
• 3. Poultry Demonstration farm.
Establishment of Demofarm on NRCRI
Cassava technology, Umunkiri, Abia
Planting operation & fertilizer application
by Umunkiri farmers
Training of Umunkiri Women & men on value addition
• bread , chin-chin, meat/fish
• strips; sausage rolls, queen cakes,
• doughnuts, buns, fritters and ,
• Salad cream
Men more eager
Training of on Value Addition at
Lady & Friend of The
NRCRI Poultry Demonstration farm
at Umunkiri, Obingwa LGA
• Activities – Akoli Imenyi
75 farmers reached
• Establishment of demo farms -
cassava, yam and Sweet
potatoes (.5ha in each
• Cluster formation and facilitation
• Distribution of improved cassava
cuttings to 55 farmers
National Coordinator WAAPP visited Akoli Imeyi
NR 8082, TME 419, TMS 98/0505, TMS 98/0581 and NR
TIS 870087, TIS 8164 and NRSP 05/022 (Orange
Akoli Imenyi Adopted Village contd.
• WAAPP Consultant’s visit .
• Cassava demofarm.
• Visit of Jim of BMGF
Ranking on choice of cassava varieties
NR 8082*High yield with high moisture content.
Establishment of sweet Potato dry season nursery
Activities at the Outreach Schools
• Training students on agronomic practices in
production and multiplication of cassava
using 3-4 nodes cuttings. Varieties: TMS
98/0581, TMS 98/0505, TME 419, NR
80082, NR 87164.
• Pro-vitamin. A cassava varieties; Umucass
36(TMS 01/1368) Umucass 37(TMS
01/1412 Umucass 38(TMS 01/1371) also
• Harvesting of 2011 cassava & sweetpotato
on 0.4ha plot
Young Farmers Club at Santa Cruz , Olokoro = 257 Students
Ibeku High School, Umuahia = 597 Students
Wesley Seminary Ndoro = = 250 Students
AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH OUTREACH CENTERS (AROCS) IN SHOOLS
AROC SANTA-CRUX OLOKORO, Umuahia South LGA - 2012
AROC, IBEKU HIGH SCHOOL, Umuahia North LGA - 2012
AROC AT WESLEY SEMINARY NDORO, IKWUANOLGA-2012
RESULTS FROM OUTREACH SCHOOLS
Students Registration for Agric. Sciences
School Yr No of
No. passed %pass Remarks
Drop in no.
Source: - School Agric. Science Results (2010-2012).
(COMMUNITIES & SCHOOLS)
A – SCHOOLS.
(1.) INSTALLATION OF AROC AT AUGUSTINES GRAMMAR SCHL
NKWERRE = 100 Students
(2.) AROC AT COMMUNITY SEC SCHL UMUMBO,
ANAMBRA STATE = 80 Students
(3.) AROC ST JOHNS SCIENCE AND TECHNICAL
SCHOOL, ALOR, ANAMBRA STATE = 120 students
Mbato Community –Cassava = 80 farmers
Site Selection using GPS
Training Community farmers at Mbato
Delivery of cassava at MbatoSpraying pre-emergent herbicides
Umumbo Village, Ayamelum = 30 farmers
Amawom = 55, Oriendu = 70 farmers
1.The proposal made to integrate animal production like, poultry, fishery and piggery in
the project was not possible in 2012 due to inadequate funding of the project.
• 2.Some activities like farmers field day, excursion by the young farmers club will be
accomplished in 2013.
3.Project vehicle is very essential to enhance mobility of the workers in Adopted Villages
& Outreach Schools.
Establishing cassava demofarm at Umumbo ayamelum, Anambra State