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Breeding & Reproduction

This department is responsible to manage the reproduction and breeding of animals using the most appropriate and acceptable breeding technologies and techniques by; Planning, budgeting, designing and overseeing implementation of breeding and reproduction programs and projects; Participating in the update and maintenance of the National Gene Depository; Coordinating the development of guidelines and implementation of field oriented breeding extension services for field workers, Breeder Societies/ Associations and indigenous farmers; Evaluating all imported germplasm and live animals; Promoting Open Nucleus Breeding programmes with the farmers in collaboration with breeding activities of Genetic Resources Centre farms; Monitoring and evaluating the performance of breeding activities; Developing research proposals and taking part in characterization of breeds, production environments and other related researchable areas;

Overseeing the production or procurement of semen, ova, embryo and associated animal breeding technologies; Establishing a foundation stock of superior dams and sires; Managing the rearing of Sire Studs for production of semen; Coordinating the promotion of herd-recording programmes on NAGRC & DB farms; Initiating and designing project and programs for the formulation of management and production information to be packaged and used in the training programs of NAGRC & DB at different levels; Liaising with other genetic resource breeding and research centres to benchmark and improve on breeding technologies and services of the Centre; Supervision, mentorship and appraisal of staff in the Department.

The core Departmental functions are;

  • Conservation of the indigenous Animal Genetic Resources in Uganda

  • Establishing of Breeding Structures in the country (e.g. Open Nucleus Breeding, Breeder Associations/Societies, Satellite Centres) for Genetic improvement
  • Adaptation and Application of Breeding & Production technologies (e.g. Assisted Reproductive Technologies
  • Sensitization & Specialized Training of Technicians and other Stakeholders.
  • Selection of Superior Dams and Sires produced on Centre farms
  • Collaboration in Breeding Research with other Stakeholders.