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I am glad to be a part of this important organization at a time when Zambia is emphasizing
the importance of scientific and technology research as well as innovation to the economic development of our country.
Scientific research, technology development and innovations are getting strong support from
his Excellency the President of the Republic of Zambia.
We are in the process of reviewing our past ahievements and preparing for our future with plans to create several specialized centres of excellence and link our research products to technology developers and users. In formulating our research agenda and defining our priorities, we will look more
closely at our national needs and ways to address them. The process of change will cover the ways we operate, as well as our organizational structure and the areas of focus.
NISIR has created a strong knowledge base with regard to its research programs in Post-Harvest Food Processing and Nutrition, Livestock Diseases and Productivity, Water resources and Environment, Sustainable utilization of genetic resources, nuclear energy Application. In order to achieve its aspirations, NISIR will endeavour to improve its Information and, optimize our available resources and take advantage of every opportunity to achieve our goals through the effective utilization of Information Communication Technology (ICT) and Materials Research programmes.
To strengthen Research and Development capacity in science and technology in order to meet needs of agriculture, manufacturing, health, water, ICT, energy and environment industries/ sectors.
NISIR is a government institution set up by the Science and Technology Act No. 26 of 1997 through the Statutory Instrument No. 73 of 1998 after the repeal of the National Council for Scientific Research Act Cap 236 of the Laws of Zambia. NISIR as an Institution is funded by the government of Zambia. However, multilateral and bilateral cooperating partners fund specific projects of mutual interest.
NISIR Head Quarters
The institute with its unique laboratory facilities and experience is a leading research and development institution in Zambia and has a proven track record of developing technologies and offering quality analytical laboratory and other services that can be exploited by small and medium scale enterprises that normally have no research and development facilities of their own for mutual benefit.
The functions of the National Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research as stipulated in the Science and Technology Act of 1997 Section 4 and Statutory Instrument No. 73, are:-
To be a lead institution that will effectively provide solutions for sustainable socio-economic development of the nation through innovation, scientific and technological research
NISIR in Kitwe is using this micro propagation technique in various crops such as cassava, bananas, pineapple, sweet potatoes, eucalyptus, Artemisia, potatoes, and sugarcane. Activities in this research category include development of protocols for regeneration of whole plants from plant cells or tissue cultures, rapid multiplication of plants and conservation of germ-plasm of different crops.
The Programme is using this micro propagation technique in various crops such as cassava, bananas, pineapple, sweet potatoes, eucalyptus, Artemisia, potatoes, and sugarcane. Activities in this research category include development of protocols for regeneration of whole plants from plant cells or tissue cultures, rapid multiplication of plants and conservation of germ-plasm of different crops.
Cassava Crop Improvement Through In Vitro Mutation Breeding.
Three cassava local varieties (Bangweulu, Nalumino and Mweru) are being investigated. The first material that was irradiated with gamma rays is now in the fourth generation under-going field evaluations. The objectives are to improve the nutritional characteristics and agronomic traits of these local varieties. This project is an IAEA sponsored project. IAEA has funded the training of staff and provision of equipment. The Zambian Government has continued to provide the counter-part funding for the execution of project activities.
Micropropagation of Selected Eucalyptus Clones in Zambia. There has been an increase in the demand for plants with superior growth potential. Micropropagation has the potential to provide very high multiplication rates to meet the demand of selected tree genotypes, with resulting short-term sivilcultural gains.
The studies on micropropagation of Eucalyptus grandis and Eucalyptus cloeziana is a study that has been jointly funded by Zambia Forestry and Forest Industries Corporation Limited (ZAFFICO) and National Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research (NISIR). It is aimed at utilization of tissue culture technique to raise superior eucalyptus planting material for ZAFFICO for the establishment of seed orchards.
To be a lead institution in providing scientific and technological solutions for sustainable socio-economic development of the nation
The programme consists of the Library, Publishing and Information Technology sections. It's focus is on acquiring relevant scientific and technological information to support research activities and repackaging information generated for dissemination. The program has a printing facility and hosts a TEVETA registered National Training Tele-Centre.
The department also produces annual reports, technical reports, Zambia Science Abstracts and an internal Sci-Tech newsletter. Furthermore, it has provided practical training to university and college students in Library and Information and Computer Studies.
The library functions to acquire relevant scientific and technological information to support effective and efficient research and development activities and repackage information generated through these activities for dissemination
The institute has an ICT based training Tele-center aiming at promoting human resource development by use of teaching/learning methods using information. The Tele-center has a large conference hall available for hire to institution/ organization wishing to organize their trainings and workshops.
Animal Science Research is Located in Chilanga, and houses the following Laboratories:
Livestock Productivity and Disease Control Programme was merged with the predecessor of the National Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research in 1970 at the dissolution of the Agricultural Research Council of Zambia.
The Programme was established in 1967. Research activities have in the past concentrated on identification, elucidation and suggestion of solutions to problems that adversely affect livestock health and reproduction especially in the traditional/peasant sector.
Research activities were focused on broad areas of reproduction patterns of local breeds of cattle, management practices, nutrition and pasture, distribution and seasonal activity of ticks, and ecology, biology and population dynamics of tsetse.
Later Myco-toxicology was added to the centre. The programme aims at improving livestock productivity through integrated appropriate technologies and to provide quality and effective research and development services to the livestock sector for improved agricultural production and food security.
programme aims at improving livestock productivity through integrated appropriate technologies and to provide quality and effective research and development services to the livestock sector for improved agricultural production and food security.
The Laboratory was officially inaugurated by His Excellency Levy Patrick Mwanawasa SC on 29th April 2007 as a result of bilateral cooperation between the Governments of Zambia and Norway. The Laboratory is equipped to carry out genetic assays to screen for Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) contamination in agricultural imports and exports. Analytical services in GMO testing (seeds and processed foods) are provided to the public.
The mandate of the Biotechnology is to contribute to the sustainable development of the country through prudent development and application of biotechnology.
Since then Biotechnology: Contribute to the sustainable development of the country through prudent use and application of biotechnology; Livestock Productivity and Disease Control: Provide quality and effective research and development services to the livestock sector for improved agricultural production and food security; Sustainable Use of Underutilized Genetic Resources: Conduct research in the sustainable use of underutilized genetic resources and promote conservation of biodiversity; Water Energy and Environment: Undertake research and development activities in water, energy and environment in order to ensure their sustainable utilization in national socio-economic development.
The main objective of this project is to provide backstopping support to research and development activities at NISIR and other institutions so as to reduce on equipment down time.
The project activities are repair and maintenance of various types of scientific equipment and other routine maintenance work.
The overall objective is to produce and supply high quality shackle and reel insulators to institutions such as ZESCO for use in electrical installations.
Production of shackles and reel insulators and other ceramic products from the abundant quality local clay deposits
The overall objective of this project is to provide effective support to research and development activities at NISIR and other institutions so as to reduce the cost of scientific glassware procurement and promote and enhance the conduct of scientific experiments in the education sector in Zambian.
Nuclear Energy Applications and Analytical Services is one of the program offered at the National Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research Head qaurters. The mandate of the programme is to conduct scientific research using nuclear analytical techniques and application of nuclear technology. The programme is specialized in
Radiometric and Nuclear Analytical Techniques (EDXRF, Gamma Spectrometry, Alpha Spectrometry, Radon monitoring & Fast Neutron Activation Analysis)& Radiation processing (Co-60 & Cs-137).
Used for radon gas measurements. The naturally radioactive noble gas radon (222Rn) is present in the air outdoors and in all buildings including workplaces. It is thus an inescapable source of radiation exposure both at home and at work.
The spectrometer uses a High Purity Germanium Detec-tor (HpGe) to measure low level radioactivity in a wider range of materials including: environmental samples
(Water, soils and sediments), biological samples, food-stuffs (grains and cereals, milk) and geological samples (mineral ore).
XRF is a non-destructive multi-elemental analytical technique which employs excitation of samples using radioisotopes (gamma emitters) or X-ray generators.
Industrial application mining, cement, oil, polymers, plastics, forensics, mining and mineralogy, and geology. For environmental analysis, XRF can be used to assess heavy metal pollution of water and air. XRF is also widely used in glass and ceramics research and pharmacy.
Food Science Research Centre (FSRC) is one of the Research Centers of National Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research (NISIR) which is located at the NISIR Headquarters along the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport Road in Lusaka. The center consists of the following Laboratories, Food Chemistry Laboratory, and Food Microbiology.
WHO WE ARE
We are a team of qualified and competent researchers and laboratory staff with the mandate to conduct research, offer consultancy and analytical services in two areas i.e. Water, Energy and Environment.
The programme has two main areas of focus, research and development activities in water, energy and environment in order to ensure their sustainable utilisation. The programme also carries out quantitative and qualitative surface and underground water quality assessments especially in Lusaka cholera prone and urban settlements.
Lab technician working in the fields
We conduct needs-based research to improve people's livelihoods by promoting low cost technologies utilizing local materials. Example of previous and ongoing studies include: