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The National Centre for Genetic Resources and Biotechnology (NACGRAB) was established in 1987 by the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology (FMS&T) in to conduct research, gather data and disseminate technological information on matters relating to genetic resources conservation, utilization and biotechnology applications. The Centre, backed by Decree 33 of 1987 regulates the seed, livestock and fisheries industries through its Varietal more

A centre that is committed to the conservation of the rich Genetic Resources of the nation, with a view to enhancing agricultural, economic and social development.
Nigeria is endowed with diverse biological heritage, which needs to be maintained for the purpose of utilization and for posterity. NACGRAB is to ensure the conservation and sustainable use of these rich biodiversity through Research and Development.

The programmes of the Centre include:

  • Conservation, preservation and maintenance of valuable plant and animal genetic resources, for immediate utilization and posterity;
  • Development of animal genetic resources (poultry, snailry, fisheries etc).
  • Application of tissue culture for plant conservation and overall agricultural development;
  • Servicing of the activities of the National Committee on Naming, Registration and Release of Crops Varieties, Livestock Breed and Fisheries;
  • Networking and coordinating activities in the development of capacities in plant and animal genetic resources.


Seed GeneBank

Seed Genebank Unit is one of the core Unit of National Center for Genetic Resources and Biotechnology...

Field Genebank

The Field Genebank Unit The Field Genebank Unit is responsible for the management of all recalcitrant plant species...

Animal Genetic Resources

  The diversity of farm animal species represents an irreplaceable source of traits for livestock development in response...


BIOTECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT Biotechnology harnesses cellular and bio-molecular processes to develop solutions that help solve problems in many...

Info & Documentation

    The relevance of this Unit to the overall functioning of the Centre cannot be overemphasized. This Unit...


Research Mandate

Exploration, collection, identification, evaluation, characterization, storage and conservation of rich stock of both animal and plant germplasm materials. Acquisition, maintenance, utilization, exchange and dissemination of information on genetic materials of plants, animals and microbes.. [more]

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