Dr. Mahdi Abdelrhman Ahmed Mohamed
Director, Shambat research station
Shambat Research Station
Agricultural Research in the Sudan dates back to beginning of the last century. Organized scientific research was started in 1903 with the establishment of the Welcome Tropical Research Laboratories (WTRL). They were part of the Department of Education but their activities included chemical and entomological research related to agriculture. A year later, the Department of Agriculture established the Shambat Research Station (1904) near Khartoum to conduct botanical and agronomic research in close cooperation with the WTRL.
The vision of Shambat Research Station (ARC) is to become a centre of excellence in agricultural research by developing skilled manpower and conducting quality research to generate technologies that would ensure sustainable crop production, and to play an active role in technology transfer process.
The mission of the Shambat Research Station is to plan, develop and implement research designed to produce technologies and systems that are required to ensure high and sustainable crop productivity, food security and export capacity.
Shambat Research Station is entrusted with applied agricultural research on food and industrial crops and food technology, and with ecological and regional responsibilities to develop sustainable production systems in Khartoum area and the Sudan.
Shambat Research Station works in cooperation with other ARC Stations and Centers with other national institutions towards achievement of food security, alleviation of poverty, generation of incomes, promotion of agricultural export and conservation of natural resources.
- To generate, develop and adapt agricultural technologies that focus on the needs of the over all agricultural development and its beneficiaries in Khartoum State.
- To manage and conserve the soil and water resources in the country for sustainable and productive agriculture.
- To build up a research capacity and establish a system that will make agricultural research efficient, effective and based on development needs;
- To play an active role in dissemination of agricultural research results.
- Existing programs address several thrust areas:
- Genetic Enhancement & crop breeding
- Crop Production Management
- Pest Management
- Programs are planned through participation of clients, scientists and policy officials
- Programs are either thematic or commodity-based
- Land & water: Water management, Plant nutrition, Land evaluation, Land reclamation,
- Crop Protection: Entomology, Pathology, Weeds, IPM
- Ag Engineering: Mechanization, Irrigation
- Biotechnology Molecular biology, Tissue culture, biodiversity
- Horticultural Crops: Vegetables, Fruits, Medicinal & Aromatic, date palm
- Pasture & Forages: Pasture and Forages
- Cereals: Wheat, Maize
- Oil crops:Sunflower, Soybean