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 vis-a-vis new opportunities and defines goals and targets of the Institute accordingly.
STARTING A CASSAVA FARM
This booklet is one in a set of field guides prepared by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) to increase the technical knowledge of extension agents and enhance the integration of plant protection and plant production practices in farmers’ efforts to grow a healthy crop of cassava.
ANNUAL PERFORMANCE EVALUATION REPORT
Annual Performance Evaluation Report of Central Tuber Crops Research Institute for the year 2011-2012 is hereby recommended by the RFD Committee of the Institute. The Institute publishes its annual report every year giving the detailed report of the research projects handled by the Scientists. Detailed Report on the performance in the coordinated centres under the AICRP TC is also published separately.
CASSAVA FRIED CHIPS
Fried cassava chips presently available in the market are often too hard to bite and bear no comparison with the potato chips. This leads to poor acceptability of the product and lower price. Research at CTCRI has shown that excellent quality fried chips can be made.
STATUS OF CASSAVA IN INDIA - AN OVERALL VIEW
Roots and Tubers have critical roles to play in fulfilling the multifaceted needs of the people contributing to food security and poverty eradication. In this endeavor, research partnership, capacity building and policy support for these crops assume significance. Cassava has phenomenal biological potential. The vision for cassava is that it will spur rural industrial development and raise income for farmers, processors and traders besides satisfying the consumers. A National strategy is therefore called for Cassava- Production- Processing- Marketing continuum in specific agro-ecological zones
TOWARDS BROWN REVOLUTION
Research on tropical tuber crops is the primary mandate of CTCRI. Each division CTCRI concentrate its research programmes on separate aspects of tuber crops. Crop improvement division focus its activities on collection germplasm of different tuber crops from different parts of the world and conserving it in field gene bank as well as in vitro. Development of new varieties of tuber crops with higher yield and other attributes suitable for industrial applications as well as for food purpose is another important activity of this division.
The Institute established in 1963 with its head quarters at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, has grown over the years into a premier research organization of international repute and become an ISO 9001 : 2008 Certified Institute since 31 March, 2014. In fact, we celebrated the Golden Jubilee of the institute during 9-12 July, 2013, where the entire global scientific fraternity working on tropical tuber crops participated. As a public institution, it is our paramount responsibility to keep informed our clientele farmers, entrepreneurs, industrialists, extension personnel, and policy makers about the latest achievements of the institute. To fulfill that commitment, a concise document on research progress and achievements made on other related activities of the institute during every year has been prepared and presented in it.
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Our Vision is to Produce tuber, reduce hunger and improve livelihood of the poor.
Our Mission is to make Tropical Root and Tuber Crops as part of food and nutritional security for ever growing food-insecure population by increasing productivity and securing income, health and sustainability