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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

EVENTS
National Conference on Tropical Tuber Crops for the Sustenance and Welfare of Tribal Communities(NCTTC-2016)

In collaboration with ICAR-CTCRI, Indian Society for Root Crops (ISRC) organizes National Conference on Tropical Tuber Crops for the Sustenance and Welfare of Tribal Communities(NCTTC-2016) at ICAR-CTCRI, Thiruvananthapuram during 20-22 October 2016. Root and tuber crops, which are the cheap and rich sources of energy, has been integrated with the food habits of the tribal population in India since time immemorial.more...

Model Training Course on "Root and tuber crops based integrated farming system: A way forward to address climate change and livelihood improvement"

A Model Training Course on "Root and tuber crops based integrated farming system: A way forward to address climate change and livelihood improvement" sponsored by Directorate of Extension, Dept. of Agriculture & Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture is being organized at ICAR-CTCRI, Regional Centre, Bhubaneswar during 19-26 September 2016 for the officials of Line Departments, ICAR Institutes and KVKs from different parts of the Country.

Farmers told to adopt site-specific nutrient management for tapioca

Scientists of the ICAR- Central Tuber Crops Research Institute urged the farming community to adopt site specific nutrient management for tapioca. At a seminar organised recently by the Krishi Vigyan Kendra(KVK) in association with the ICAR-CTCRI to sensitise the tapioca growers on latest varieties, production and protection technologies, the programme coordinator of KVK, N. Sriram said tapioca is one of the important crop in Tamil Nadu and is cultivated in more than one lakh hactares. N. Elangano, Joint Director of Agriculture, in his inagural address, said that tapioca is introduced as alternate crop especially in the rain-fed areas. Of late the farmers have learnt the skills and knowledge to improve the production, but have not developed the capacity to deal with market. He urged the scientists to develop starch rich, short duration and drought tolerate tapioca for improving the livelihood status of the rainfed farmers. Mr. Elangano released the site specific nutrient management for tapioca CD and pamphet.

WHAT'S NEW?
Seed Business Development to the cure of tapioca farmers distress in Salem

"The soaring tuber prices at the lower range of Rs 150 to 350 per 70 kg bag in the last few years, is adding to the woes of the farmers who invested a hefty amount in cultivating the crop. Diversifying the tuber utilisation in the form of value addition and developing quality seed enterprises are two key avenues for protecting farmers from price fluctuation" is the message delivered by Dr James George, Director of ICAR - Central Tuber Crops Institute (ICAR-CTCRI), Thiruvananthapuram at the inauguration of "Entrepreneurship Orientation Programme on Promoting Tuber Crops Seed Enterprises for Sustainable Seed Security" at the Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Sandhiyur, Salem.

PUBLICATIONS

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.