The Biotechnology and Nuclear Agriculture Research Institute (BNARI) was established as one of the research, development and technology transfer institutes of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, which was established in 1963 by an Act of Parliament (Act 204 of 1963).  Act 588 of 2000 replaced Act 204 and PNDC Law 308 and enabled the Commission to create new institutes and commercialize its research findings.  BNARI was therefore established as a result of the upgrading of the Department of Biology, Food and Agriculture of the National Nuclear Research Institute.  The main objective of the institute is to apply isotopes, ionizing radiation and biotechnologies for increased agricultural and economic development of Ghana.


To be Ghana’s leading public institution that provides solutions to challenges in agriculture, health and industry through exploration and exploitation of scientific knowledge in biotechnology and nuclear science.



BNARI exists to carry out research and development activities on safe applications of biotechnology and nuclear science and transfer these technologies to end-users in order to enhance agricultural productivity, health delivery and industrialisation.
In pursuit of these, BNARI will build strategic alliances and partnership with national, regional and international bodies to assist Ghana fulfill her obligations on the safe applications of biotechnology and nuclear science.


BNARI is committed to sound and transparent governance. This will be achieved through a leadership with the following core values; accountability; integrity; fairness; trust; customer satisfaction; quality services; team work and compliance with regulatory requirements


The Biotechnology and Nuclear Agriculture Research Institute is headed by management board, which ensures that research and development programmes pursued by BNARI are in line with the broad objectives of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission. It consists of a Chairman, the Director-General and five other members all appointed by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Ghana acting in consultation with Council of State based on their suitability to serve in such positions.  The Commission is answerable to the Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology (MEST).

The Secretariat is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the BNARI and is headed by the Director of BNARI.  The Director of BNARI is assisted by a Deputy who has been delegated oversight responsibility of all Scientific and Technical matters of the Institute.

BNARI is currently made up of five scientific centres, namely:

  • Nuclear Agriculture Research Centre (NARC)
  • Biotechnology Centre (BTC)
  • Radiation Technology Centre (RTC)
  • Radiation Entomology and Pest Management Centre (REPMC)
  • Technology Transfer Centre(TTC)

Each Centre is headed by a Manager who is responsible for coordinating the scientific research activities that are carried out in their respective centres.  Each centre is made up of laboratories that carry out the specific mandates of the Centre.  These laboratories are made up of scientists and technicians/technologist