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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

DDG (Horticultural Sciences),ICAR

Dr.A.K.Singh, joined as DDG (Horticultural Sciences), ICAR. Director and staff of ICAR-CTCRI wish him all the best for the new assignment and looking forward for a period of remarkable achievements and hope that under his able leadership, wisdom and guidance horticulture sector of the country will reach greater heights.

HH Sree Visakham Thirunal Endowment Lecture, 2017

Seventh HH Visakham Thirunal Endowment lecture was held at ICAR-CTCRI on May 18, 2017. The function was organized by Indian Society for Root Crops (ISRC) in collaboration with ICAR-CTCRI. This years' lecture was delivered by World Food Prize laureate Dr.Jan Low, Leader, Sweet potato for Profit and Health Initiative, International Potato Center, Kenya. Topic of her lecture was on "Developing and Disseminating Biofortified Sweet Potato in Sub-Saharan Africa: Technical and Social Perspectives" The meeting was presided over by Dr.Archana Mukherjee, Director, ICAR-CTCRI. Dr.C.A.Jayaprakas, President, ISRC welcomed the gathering. Shri.L.Radhakrishnan, IAS, Chairman, Kerala State Innovation Council, Thiruvananthapuram offered felicitations. Dr.V.S.Santhosh Mithra, Secretary, ISRC proposed vote of thanks. About 200 participants attended the function.

National Productivity Week Celebration at ICAR-CTCRI

The “National Productivity Week” was celebrated at ICAR-CTCRI from 12-18 February, 2017 at the Institute Head Quarters at Thiruvananthapuram. The inaugural ceremony was flagged off by Dr. Janakiram, Assistant Director General (Horticulture) on 13.02.2017 at ICAR-CTCRI. A series of competitions were held for the staff and students of the Institute on the theme Waste to Profits. On 18th February the valedictory function was conducted at the Institute. Shri. L.P.Chither, Director, Suchitwa Mission, Government of Kerala was the chief guest. He elaborated on the waste management measures taken by the Kerala State government to reduce, recycle and reuse waste in Kerala.

Sri. Sudarshan Bhagat, Hon’ble Union Minister Of State For Agriculture And Farmers Welfare, Government Of India Visited ICAR-CTCRI, Thiruvananthapuram and “Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav” Model Farm in Thiruvananthapuram

Sri. Sudarshan Bhagat, Hon’ble Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India visited ICAR-CTCRI, Thiruvananthapuram on 28th January 2017.The minister inaugurated the precision water and nutrient management facility as a part of ‘More crop per drop’ research programme of the Institute to fulfill the objective of the hon’ble Prime Minister’s dream programme of Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY) with the vision of extending the coverage of irrigation ‘Har Khet ko pani’ and improving water use efficiency ‘More crop per drop' in a focused manner with end to end solution on source creation, distribution, management, field application and extension activities.


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.