Sugar Research Institute (SRI) Annual Report 2022-2023

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Sugar Research Institute (SRI) is one of the 16 Institutes under Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO). SRI has the main Centre in Kibos (Kisumu County) and sub centres in Mtwapa (Kilifi County), Opapo (Migori County) and Mumias (Kakamega County). It also has a testing site at Kikoneni (Kwale County). The Institute implemented various research projects and extension services in five programmes namely: Crop Improvement and Protection; Socio-Economics; Statistics and Policy Development; Product Development and Value Addition; Environment, Natural Resource Management and Biodiversity and Knowledge, Information Management and Outreach. In the period 2022/2023 the institute had many achievements cutting across technical and corporate departments. Six (6) improved varieties were released and gazetted on 2nd September 2022, finalized four (4) following research projects, established 105 varieties in the germplasm at SRI Kibos that now host a total of 225 varieties, sent five (5) research proposals done to NRF and other donors, finalized evaluation of Nemix (nematicide) as bio-pesticide against nematodes in sugarcane and submitted to PCPB, establish one monitoring and early warning pest and disease protocol, presented eleven (11) internally reviewed papers in the 1st KALRO and other scientific conferences, supplied 2,147.32 tons of seedcane directly, analyzed 800 samples of soil, fertilizer and plant tissues analyses and provided recommendations, did three (3) multi-purpose land suitability maps, nurtured and distributed 9,341tree seedlings, conducted twelve (12) stakeholders training sessions and established 14.0 ha of seedcane at SRI-Kibos. The institute benefited from the recruitment of new staff by KALRO as six (6) were posted to the institute in different department cutting across technical and corporate. However, it continues experiencing staff shortage due to natural attrition and transfers. The other challenges includes funding for research and operation that haven’t been forthcoming, it addressed through research proposal writing for donor funding but the challenges remains. Despite the challenges the institute endevours to move on through internally generated funds and assistance KALRO HQ. Finally, I wish to thank KALRO HQ for the continued support, individual members of staff of SRI that generated and contributed information for this report and Mr. Victor Otieno (Head of Statistics section) for compiling this Institute Annual Report 2022/23.