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    Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav

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    World's only one research institute doing research exclusively on tropical tuber crops

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    Development of strategies and products for managing pests and diseases affecting tropical tuber crops

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    Collection and conservation of germplasm and improvements of different tuber crops.

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    Developing new agro techniques for tropical tuber crops in different agro climatic regions

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    Value addition and post harvest processing of tropical tuber crops.

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    Transferring the technologies to the clienteles

ICAR-CTCRI has signed MoU with Tamil Nadu Veterinary university

Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University has signed a MoU with the Agri-Business Incubator of the ICAR – Central Tuber Crops Research Institute, Thiruvananthapuram to create a Satellite Incubation Centre in the Industrial tapioca areas of Viluppuram and Namakkal districts. Tapioca is one of the prominent industrial crops cultivated mostly in Namakkal, Villupuram, Dharmapuri, Salem and Thiruvannamalai districts of Tamil Nadu. Tapioca is cultivated in 89610 hectares in Tamil Nadu with an annual production of 2862400 MT. About 80% of the cassava produced in India is used for industrial production of starch and sago primarily in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. In the recent years, the tapioca farmers are facing serious challenges such as low market price for tubers, widespread crop damage caused by the mealy bug along with red mite, wild boars and rat damage to tubers. Considering the need to address these value chain problems through institutional collaboration, TANUVAS has signed an MoU with ICAR-CTCRI.

National Webinar

ICAR Central Tuber crops Research Institute along with ICAR-RC, NEHR, Meghalaya & College of Agriculture, Central University, Tripura, jointly organized a national webinar on ‘Genetic Resources of Underutilized Tuber Crops for Nutritional Security’ on 27th August 2022 via virtual mode. Dr. N. K. Krishna Kumar, Former DDG (Hort.,) chaired and Dr. Vikramaditya Pandey, ADG (Hort. Science) and Dr. M. N. Sheela, Director (A), co-chaired the sessions. Dr. Visalakshi Chandra C., Scientist ICAR CTCRI, welcomed the participants. Dr. P. Murugesan, ICAR-CTCRI, introduced and briefed about the status of underutilized tuber crops and aim of the webinar. Dr. Vikramaditya Pandey delivered a lead talk on ‘Unexplored genetic resources and prospects of tuber crops in NE & Eastern states of India.’ Dr. V. Arunachalam, ICAR-CCARI, Goa elaborated on ‘Exploration, collection, conservation and utilization status of tuber crops in West Coast and Lakshadweep Islands’. Dr. Augustine Jerard, ICAR- CIARI, Port Blair, A&N Islands talked on ‘Conservation & utilization of germplasm of tuber crops in A&N islands’. Dr. P. Murugesan, ICAR CTCRI, Thiruvananthapuram, presented on ‘Country Potato genetic resources and prospects in India’. Dr. N. K. Krishna Kumar, Chairman gave his valuable remarks on developing a prioritized action plan focussing on the popularization of underutilized tuber crops. He emphasized the inclusion of underutilised tuber crops for animal and fish feed. In addition, the chairman suggested trait specific collection of germplasm and wild relatives with commercial importance. A total of 100 participants including scientists and students from various ICAR institutes, SAUs and CU attended the meeting. Dr. Eknath Chakurkar, Director, ICAR-CIARI, Port Blair, Dr. S. K. Zamir Ahmed, Principal Scientist, ICAR-CIARI, Dr. Sandhya Gupta, Principal Scientist, ICAR-NBPGR, were among the active participants who interacted during the technical session. The session concluded at 3PM with vote of thanks by Dr. Krishna Radhika N., Senior Scientist, ICAR-CTCRI.

ICAR-CTCRI celebrates 59th Foundation Day on 27 July 2022

ICAR-CTCRI is celebrating 59th Foundation Day on 27 July 2022 at 10:30 hrs in the Institute by following Covid Protocol in hybrid mode. Hon. Vice-Chancellor, APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University, Thiruvananthapuram, has kindly consented to be the Chief Guest. Dr. K.G. Satheesh Kumar, Professor, Kerala University of Digital Sciences, Innovation and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram, will deliver the foundation day lecture. Dr. Anand Kumar Singh, Deputy Director General (Horticulture Science), ICAR, New Delhi, will preside over the function. Dr. Vikramaditya Pandey, Deputy Director General (Horticulture Science-I), ICAR, New Delhi, will deliver the special address. Dr. M.N. Sheela, Director, ICAR-CTCRI, will deliver the welcome address. Dr. Sheela Immanuel, Principal Scientist & SIC Section of Extension and Social Sciences, will propose the vote of thanks.

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CTCRI Vision 2050 provides an oppurtunity to evaluate the relevance of tropical tuber crops in food security by introspecting the accomplishment and visualizing the challenges this sector may face in future. It also critically examines possible scenario of operating environment.