The Institute was established in 1982. It was built and jointly run by the democratic republic of Korea and The united republic of Tanzania. However, by 1995, Korean experts went home leaving the Institute under Tanzanian experts. The station is among the seven research institutes in the Eastern Zone; whose headquarter is ARI Ilonga, Kilosa District.
To become a leader in transdisciplinary research and knowledge sharing with measurable impacts on increasing productivity, reducing hunger and poverty, improving nutrition of small-holder farmers, and leading to improvements in ecosystem services
To develop and disseminate result based research output on rice, Maize and Horticultural crops and increase farm productivity, improve nutrition, and raise net income while reducing reliance on pesticides and fertilizers, reducing emissions of greenhouse gases, and leading to efficient and resilient farming systems that protect or enhance natural resources.