The Research Program primarily started in 1976 to help graduate students in their agricultural researches. Having momentum and acknowledging the importance of research in an academic community, its thrust expanded to cover several technical researches on selected agricultural commodities. In 1978, the Research and Extension Programs were merged which gave birth to the Research and Development Center (R & DC). The R & DC adopted the pipeline approach as its strategy to spur countryside group for information and technology dissemination and contribute to the realization of the university’s development goals. It relives the maxim “development is research utilized”. Research was, therefore, envisioned to establish a foundation that would accomplish one of the trilogies of functions of the University.
Moving on with this commitment, the R & DC became the 研究，推广和培训 (RET) in 1987 where prioritized research programs are important features and are geared towards improving the quality of life of the people it serves.