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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

Kissan Diwas (National Farmer's Day)Celebration

ICAR- Central tuber Crops Research Institute celebrated the Kissan Diwas (National Farmer’s day) on 23rd November 2021.The meeting was presided over by Dr. M. N. Sheela, Director, ICAR-CTCRI. Shri. Kadakampally Surendran, Honourable Member of Legislative Assembly, Kazhakkoottam, inaugurated the function. In the inaugural address, Shri. Kadakampally Surendran, told that this year's farmer's day is being celebrated during the time when there is an increasing realization that farmers are a great force to reckon with and that they cannot be ignored at all in any society.Three tuber crops farmers Shri. P. J. Manuel, Smt. S. Sheeja and Shri. V. S. Syamkumar were honoured during the function. Dr. Sheela Immanuel Principal Scientist, ICAR-CTCRI welcomed the gathering and Dr. G Byju Principal Scientist, ICAR-CTCRI proposed vote of thanks.Insect proof net house, a facility for rapid multiplication of quality tuber crops planting materials was inaugurated by Shri. Kadakampally Surendran M L A.He also participated in the ICAR's National Swachatha campaign which is being held at the institute. About 100 farmers attended the function, which was organized by following Covid protocol.

Swachhta Pakhwada Programme

Swachhta Pakhwada programme is being conducted at ICAR-CTCRI from 16th - 31st December 2021. Swachhta pledge was taken as part of the programme on 16-12-2021 at the institute. About 90 farmers from Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu attended the programme and all the staff members participated in the programme. As a part of the programme the Director reviewed the progress of weeding out of old records and files of administration section of the office on 17-12-2021. Swachh Bharat activities was conducted at ICAR-CTCRI by cleaning of the institute premises, field block, laboratories and canteen premises on 18-12-2021 and 19-12-2021. As a part of the programme the Director reviewed the progress of weeding out of old records and files of accounts section of the office on 20-12-2021.

International webinar on Cassava viruses

Cassava is a staple food crop of approximately 800 million people and is grown in 95 countries worldwide. Cassava is affected by a diverse set of constraints, especially pests and diseases. Most notable among these are the virus diseases. A diverse group of virus species infect cassava in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Cassava mosaic geminiviruses (CMGs) causing cassava mosaic disease (CMD) in Africa and Asia and cassava brown streak viruses (CBSVs) causing cassava brown streak diseases (CBSD) in Africa are of economic importance. In order to take stock of the progress of research, an International webinaron Cassava viruses- Global status and strategies for disease control and prevention was organised by ICAR-Central Tuber Crops Research Institute, Sreekariyam, Thiruvananthapuram on 12 August 2021. Dr. M.N. Sheela, Director, ICAR-CTCRI, welcomed the dignitaries, delegates and participants for the program The international webinar was inaugurated by Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary, DARE and DG, ICAR. During his inaugural address, he stressed the need to design, define, & implement strategies to prevent crop losses from viral diseases and stabilise production. He opined that the susceptible varieties predominantly grown in our country should be substituted with resistant cultivars on a large scale, or resistance should be developed on the background of those popular varieties. He also emphasised deploying newer biotechnological tools like CRISPR/CAS9 and RNA gene silencing to mitigate viral diseases.

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.