16th January 2018


Research Operations Department is devolved with the responsibility of conducting research for the development of technologies for postharvest handling of agricultural produce. The department consists of sections, each saddled with the responsibility of developing research proposal and conduct studies that can be considered as safe and easily adoptable by both small and medium scale farmers for management of postharvest loss in both fresh and   dried agricultural produce.

The sections under this department are:

Entomology Section: As the name implies, this section is responsible for developing research proposal and conducting studies to manage different species of insect pests in stored agricultural produce. The section has been able to conduct laboratory studies on some selected plants (botanicals) and found them safe and effective for use in postharvest storage practices, especially on durable crops.

    Plate 1: Pepper fruit (Dennetia tripetala)



Postharvest Engineering Research department has a major responsibility of conducting postharvest research in storage and value-addition engineering. This department is responsible for multiplying hardware of the technologies developed in the Institute, thereby simulating small-scale industries for production of the hardware. It pays attention to the aspect of bringing developed technologies of the Institute up to the mark. It is also charged with the responsibility of converting the functional prototypes into production models by keeping in view the locally available materials, standards and manufacturing processes and tools.
The department has strived to excel in its professional status as a role model for actualising the Institute technological findings into practical outputs. The establishment of this department has contributed effectively and meaningfully than before in promoting the Institute’s relevance to the needs of the target users of postharvest technologies.
Engineering activities in the Institute have been outstanding with a remarkable contribution to the general accomplishments of the Institute. The engineering research programmes are innovative in both design and contents. The specifically addressed areas of great national interest and concern are appropriate for rural farmers’ adoption.

The Sections Under this Department are:

  1. Postharvest Products Engineering Research: This section is responsible for the engineering research of the department and the institute at large. The efforts and inputs of this section have brought about great achievements in postharvest loss prevention through development of formidable, effective and easily adopted storage systems and value addition facilities. The unit has a laboratory where research work can be carried out.
  2. Agricultural Engineering Workshop: This unit of the department is responsible for transforming the outputs of the research unit into physical items that can be adopted by the public. This task entails design, AutoCAD presentation and fabrication of developed technologies. The workshop has personnel and equipment resources to produce high quality of the developed technologies in large number. In the recent time (June – July 2013), the unit was charged with responsibility of producing one model of NSPRI fish smoking kilns for Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in large number. The project was timely and successfully delivered. The unit is not left out in the maintenance of storage structures and value addition facilities.







Research Outreach provides advice and training of extension workers in problems associated with stored products and materials for storage structures, new insecticides, new storage equipment and techniques. The Department has units in NSPRI outstations in Ibadan, Lagos, Sapele, Port-Harcourt, Kano and Maiduguri apart from the headquarters in Ilorin.  Each unit of the Department is assigned states of coverage on outreach services so that Nigeria is covered as a nation. 

The Department is mandated to

  1. Carry out Extension Planning and Research on crop storage, pest control, primary food processing and post-harvest value addition to crops.
  2. Conduct extension field services and trainings on activities listed above.
  3. Implement effective communication and community services.
  4. Conduct Agricultural Economics and Products Marketing.
  5. Establish and operate Agricultural Research Outreach Centers.
  6. Carry out consultancy services.











The Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation has as its primary mission, the collection of data and the analysis, distribution and presentation of this information for use in planning, decision-making and policy formation in the Institute. The department has a principal responsibility for planning, monitoring and evaluation processes for the Institute. The Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Department formulate plans and carry out trends assessment for the organization by drawing on relevant sources of information to analyze the overall performance of the organization and monitor progress in implementing key policies. The department takes into account diverse perspectives and impacts, allowing the management to identify and implement the most effect ways to achieve the Institute’s goals and mandates. The department create a logical systematic decision-making process that results in the best action.

Parts of the duties assigned to the department are:

  • Coordination and preparation of quarterly and annual reports
  • Coordination and assemblage of research results and make them available to research outreach department after approval
  • Development of the organizational performance system (OPAS) for determining the performance of each research staff and provide an annual score on each staff;
  • Coordination and preparation of annual work plan by each research staff for approval;
  • Give leadership to the preparation of Institute’s budget after approval by management.
  • Plan and coordinate the activities of fund generating units of the Institute.
  • Make plans for new sources of fund generation for the Institute and produce quarterly reports on profitability of such ventures.
  • Produce report on the progress of projects and relationship with the work plan.

The department has the following programmes:

  • Agricultural Economics and Marketing
  • Biometrics and Evaluation
  • Planning and Monitoring.







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