The southern highlands zone
Agricultural Research Institute-Uyole (ARI-Uyole) is a public institution, primarily undertaking agricultural research and development under the Ministry Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives (MAFC). ARI-Uyole was founded in 1968 as public institution and in 1976 it became semi-autonomous organization, The Uyole Agricultural Centre (UAC), which was established by Government Notice No 70 of 1976. The UAC primary functions were research and training for agricultural development, which were supported by NORDIC countries, namely: Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland and Denmark. Finland through its development agency, FINNIDA continued its support up to 1992 after other NORDIC countries had phased out in 1986. In July 1993, the government formally dissolved the UAC semi-autonomous status to its present of being one of the public agricultural research and development institutions in the MAFC, which caters for the Southern Highlands Zone.
VISION AND MISSION
To be zonal centre of excellence, for sustainable provision of services in agricultural research and knowledge of appropriate technologies and information services for farmers and other stakeholders.
The mission of the institute is to deliver demand-driven agricultural technologies, information services and knowledge to farmers and other stakeholders, for increased agricultural productivity, profitability, competitiveness and sustainable use of natural resources in the Southern Highlands Zone (SHZ). ARI-Uyole pursues this mission through adaptive collaborative research for development and dissemination of knowledge and technologies, practices and their access mechanisms that help farmers to:
- Increased access to developed improved appropriate varieties and their agronomic practices for high productivity and production.
- Increase access to developed appropriate technologies, practices and knowledge for sustainable management of soil, water, nutrients and other environmental resources for high and sustainable agricultural productivity.
- Improve post harvest handling, processing and utilization of crops and livestock produce.
- Increasing access to developed appropriate mechanized farming practices.
- Accelerate their socio-economic development by policy inform, creating mechanism for access to products, knowledge and information for the management of crops and livestock and access to produce markets.
- Strengthen their linkages and rapport with research and extension services.