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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

National Webinar on ‘Genetic Resources of Underutilized Tuber Crops for Nutritional Security’

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.

Web Telecast of Hon’ble Prime Minister’s Interaction with Farmers

ICAR-Central Tuber Crops Research Institute and Indian Society for Root Crops jointly hosted Nationwide Live web telecast of Hon’ble Prime Minister’s address and state level stakeholders interface cum farmers’ fair on 31.05.2022. The programme was inaugurated by Mr. V. Muraleedharan, Hon’ble Union Minister of State for External Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs, Govt of India by lighting the lamp. In his inaugural address he told about the developments under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the last 8 years. He congratulated the Scientists of ICAR-CTCRI for developing technologies like bio-Fuel from cassava, which can increase the farmers’ income. He released the booklet published by Press Information Bureau, depicting the achievement of Govt. of India during the last 8 years under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. About 2000 farmers participated in this programme. The Minister felicitated four farmers Shri. Jayaprakesh E., Malappuram; Shri. Raveendran, Parashala; Shri. Suresh Kumar R., Pallichal and Shri. Pavithra Kumar G., Karode. Dr M.N. Sheela, Director ICAR-CTCRI presided over the function. Shri. V. Seetharaman, General Manager, SBI, Local Head Office, Thiruvananthapuram, and Shri. James P. George, Deputy General Manger, NABARD, Thiruvananthapuram made special address during the function. Smt. Bindu S.R., Ward Councillor, Cheruvaikal, Thiruvananthapuram Corporation gave the felicitation address. Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi addressed the gathering through live web telecast. More than 10 crore farmers of India were benefitted through direct beneficiary transfer scheme worth Rs. 21,000 crore. He emphasised the triple power of “Jan Dhan account, Aadhaar card and Mobile linked bank accounts” in the formation of New India. Various schemes of Govt. of India are now easily accessible to the poor and economically weaker section with the adoption of technology. This event was followed by technical session on Stakeholders interface. Smt. Reeja S. Dharan, Asst. Director of Agriculture, Kazhakuttom and Dr. Jacob John, Professor & Head, IFSRS, Karamana, led the sessions. Dr. Sheela Immanuel, Principal Scientist and Head, ESS welcomed the gathering. Dr G Byju, Principal Scientist and Head, Division of Crop Production proposed the vote of thanks. As a part of the event, exhibitions and field visits were arranged and exhibition will be continued till 04 June 2022 and will remain opened for public.

XXIInd Annual Group Meeting

Annual Group Meeting of All India Coordinated Research Project on Tuber Crops held at ICAR-RC for NEH region, during 11-13 May, 2022. The meeting was inaugurated by Dr. M.N. Sheela, Director, ICAR-CTCRI and Project Coordinator of AICRPTC. Dr. Arnab Sen, Principal Scientist and Director i/c, ICAR-RC for NEH presided over the inaugural function. Fifty scientists from 21 AICRP TC centres across the country attended the meeting. The three days programme reviewed and discussed the different research programmes of the project for evolving new varieties and location specific technologies for the development of tropical tuber crops under different agro-climatic zones of the country. In the plenary session held on 13th May, 2022, Hon'ble DDG (Horticulture) Dr. A.K. Singh and Assistant Director General Dr. V. Pandey from Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi joined the meeting online and interacted with the scientists. The deliberations emphasized the need for quality planting material production, value addition, women empowerment in tuber crops by the formation of farmer producer organizations. Among the 21 centres of AICRP on Tuber Crops, the centre at Indira Gandhi Krishi Viswavidhyala, Jagdalpur, Chhattisgarh state bagged the best centre award during 2021 for their outstanding performance.


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.