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The Plant Genetic Resources Centre (PGRC) is an institution under the National Agricultural Research Laboratories (NARL) of the National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO).

It is an entity comprising the historical Entebbe Botanic Gardens (EBG) and the Uganda National Gene bank (UNGB), located at 34km north of Kampala and 5km from Entebbe International airport.

The mission of the Centre is to ensure the conservation, management and sustainable use of Uganda’s Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (PGRFA) while optimizing their full potential in contributing to national development goals.

Plant Genetic Resourced for Food and Agriculture constitute one of the most important resources for achieving Uganda’s development goals including poverty eradication, food security, medical and industrial advancement hence a key ingredient in the nations transformation process. Threatened with the various human activities which keep increasing with the rapid population growth, these resources need to be secured, studied and made readily available for research and development. This forms the core business of the PGRC.

•    To collect and maintain stocks of diverse plant germplasm.
•    Enhance utilization of germplasm through characterization evaluation and genetic enhancement.
•    To develop information and documentation systems and strengthen linkages among stakeholders.
•    To promote community based and on-farm conservation of PGR as a basis for sustainable     natural resource management.
•    To contribute to development and promotion of acceptable germplasm exchange     mechanisms.
•    To enhance the role of the Botanic Gardens in National development.

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