Who We Are
The National Animal Genetic Resources Centre and Data Bank (NAGRC&DB) was established by the Animal Breeding Act, 2001. It’s one of the statutory semi-autonomous bodies of the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF). Formation of NAGRC&DB was part of the fulfilment of the aspirations in the National Animal Breeding Policy (1997), document and the Action Plan for its implementation providing guidelines to all actors in the animal breeding and production value-chain.
To establish a comprehensive and sustainable National Animal Breeding Programme which meets the commercial and developmental interests of the actors along the livestock sub-sector value chains.
A leader in profitable production and efficient delivery of animal genetic resources and services in Eastern Africa.
To contribute to the transformation of the agricultural sector by enhancing sustainable livestock productivity through conservation and improvement of animal genetic resource.
- Excellence: All functions of NAGRC&DB are oriented towards production of the best quality products and delivery of fast and efficient services as demanded by the farmers/customers. Excellence also implies the promotion of a culture that believes that only the best is good enough in all areas that govern the organisational outputs.
- Professionalism: NAGRC&DB staff is committed to have the application of specialised knowledge and skills in accordance to the ethical requirements and established standards that govern each profession.
- Sustainable development & social responsibility: NAGRC&DB recognizes the importance of protecting the environment for sustainable production. The Centre addresses environmental issues responsibly. The Centre to the best of its ability, embraces appropriate innovations and the latest technological developments to benefit the farming community and other stakeholders in the country.
- Public trust and honesty: NAGRC&DB has instituted policies, rules, and procedures to promote public trust through sound financial management, accurate reporting, and excellent customer service at all times.Client service and satisfaction: Client needs receive timely, responsive, proactive tailor made solutions to meet their needs.
- Team work: For optimum productivity and output, NAGRC&DB cherishes and upholds the spirit of team work at all levels between staff, management, the Board and other collaborating institutions.
In pursuit of the vision, mission and strategic direction of NAGRC&DB, the development of the Strategic Plan has been guided by the following principles:
- Client led: The services to be provided, such as procurement and distribution of quality inputs.
- Market oriented: The commodities and enterprises to be supported will be in response to the market requirements (national, regional and international), and in tandem with the priority commodities as guided by ASSP;
- Gender responsiveness: In order to realize the full potential of women and men, NAGRC&DB will ensure that gender constraints, needs and opportunities are identified and addressed. The principles of gender equity and equality will be applied to guide beneficiary targeting. Moreover, all agency operations are gender-informed.
- Mainstreaming health issues in to NAGRC&DB programmes: Special attention will be given to interventions that enhance the health needs of the farmers such as the control and prevention of HIV/AIDS, Malaria, and Tuberculosis.
- Value chain approach: The services provided will cover all relevant segments of the commodity chains. The aim will be to add value for the benefit of producers and other actors.
- Environmental considerations: NAGRC&DB will ensure that all strategies and actions to be implemented do not cause adverse effects on the environment. Technologies and inputs that mitigate effects of climate change and pollution will be promoted.
- Decentralization: Implementation of NAGRC&DB programmes in local governments will be guided by the Government decentralization policy. The districts, sub-counties and parishes will be the key actors especially with regard to planning, identification of needs, distribution of farm inputs, supervision and monitoring.
- Fostering partnerships and synergies: NAGRC&DB are part of a broad agricultural system. Consequently, the existing partnerships, synergies and linkages with other agricultural service providers shall be enhanced and new ones created. These include researchers, extension service providers, entrepreneurs, development partners, civil society, market actors and consumers
The attainment of this goal will be achieved through five (5) Objectives, namely:
Objective 1: Enhance characterization, inventory and monitoring of animal genetic resources
Objective 2: Increase production, preservation, distribution and utilization of superior animal genetic resources
Objective 3: Enhance development and conservation of indigenous animal genetic resources and biodiversity
Objective 4: Strengthen the Commercialization function of NAGRC&DB
Objective 5: Strengthen institutional capacity for efficient service delivery
Achievement of these objectives will require devising strategies and implementation of activities that require critical inputs and support from MAAIF, partners and stakeholders, the academia as well as other enabling factors such as a conducive macro-economic environment, security, infrastructure, education and social development. In addition, better resourced (in terms of finance and human resources) and better coordinated institutions will be required to achieve the NAGRC & DB goal.
The NAGRC&DB structure provides for a Board of Directors led by the Chairperson and Management led by the Executive Director. The Executive Director supervises other technical and support staff that are recruited for the execution of the NAGRC&DB functions and delivery of its institutional mandate.
The Board of Directors
The Animal Breeding Act, 2001 which establishes NAGRC&DB provides for the establishment of the Board of Directors constituted of 12 members. The Board is the governing body of the institution charged with strategic oversight on 4 areas, namely; Organizational policy direction, Strategic planning, Approval of annual Work Plans and Budgets and Human Resource Management. The Agency is headed by the Executive Director who is a fulltime board member and Secretary to the Board
Staff Establishment and staffing levels
The staff establishment of the institution is informed by the organizational structure that is derived from the functions expected to be undertaken to execute the mandate. NAGRC&DB has four (4) core departments and 13 specialized Units.
The core departments include;
- ED’s office,
- Breeding and Reproduction, and
- Finance and Administration.
The Specialized Units Include;
- Data Bank for Animal Genetic Resources Unit
- Conservation and Gene banking (National & Eastern African Regional)
- UnitRural Poultry Development Unit
- Apiculture Unit for breeding and production (pharmaceutical and cosmetic grade products etc)
- Foundation fish brooder stock & fry production Unit
- National Small Ruminants Breeding Resources Centre unit
- National Pig Grand-parent Resources Centre Unit
- Animal Feed Production Unit –pasture seed multiplication and industrial feed production
- Liquid Nitrogen Production and Distribution Unit
- Semen Production, Packaging, Storage and Distribution Unit
- Community-based Breeding Program –AI, MOET, In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF), Genomic EBV estimation through Satellite Centres