The Crop Research Department has the responsibility to support and oversee development in the non-sugar crop sector and ensure that the needs of the sector is addressed through research and adoption of new technologies. The Department through its division conduct adaptive research to address the needs of the nation. It also applies relevant knowledge as well as techniques gained from basic research elsewhere to adapt technologies to suit local conditions. It comprises six research divisions namely, Agronomy, Vegetable and Ornamental, Fruit, Resource Management, Entomology and Plant Pathology.
To conduct applied and adaptive cost effective research for the introduction and development of novel technologies, to increase crop production and improve crop quality to enhance food security in a sustainable manner.
- Develop cost effective technologies
- Introduce and develop new varieties
- Maintain germplasm and promote under utilised crop species
- Develop best agricultural practices for sustainable production
- Optimise use of agricultural resources
- Develop protocols, norms and standards for minimally processed and preserved products and fruit juices.
- Develop Integrated Plant Protection Management strategies
- Increase production of strategic crops for enhanced food security