ICAR-CTCRI celebrated 61st Foundation Day

ICAR-Central Tuber Crops Research Institute celebrated 61st Foundation Day on 09 July 2024 at CTCRI campus in Thiruvananthapuram. Shri. Arif Mohammed Khan, Governor of Kerala, inaugurated the programme. Governor of Kerala released new technologies and publications, honoured progressive tuber crop farmers, meritorious staff and students. In his inaugural address he congratulated CTCRI for ‘the silent revolution’ in tune with nation’s goal of achieving food and nutritional security. He was eloquent in stating that through the CTCRI’s present research on bio-fortification, this poor man’s crop can become part of everyman’s healthy diet. According to Governor, the institute is a national asset, empowering farming community and provides immense contributions in national food security.


24th Annual Group Meeting (AGM) of All India Coordinated Research Project on Tuber Crops (AICRPTC) is organized at Navsari Agricultural University (NAU), Gujarat during 25-27 July 2024. Dr. Z.P. Patel, Vice Chancellor, NAU inaugurated the programme. Dr. Sudhakar Pandey, Asst. Director General, Hort. Science, ICAR, New Delhi was Guest of Honour. Dr. T.R. Ahlawat, Director of Research; Dr. R.M. Naik, Dean, ASPEE College of Horticulture; Dr. James George, Former Director i/c, ICAR-CTCRI & Project Coordinator, AICRPTC and Dr. Archana Mukherjee, Former Director, ICAR-CTCRI & Project Coordinator i/c graced the inaugural ceremony. Dr. G. Byju, Director, CTCRI & Project Coordinator, AICRPTC briefed a summary of activities.

A Hindi workshop

A Hindi workshop on “Annual Programme 2024-25 and Glossary & Notings” was organized at ICAR-Central Tuber Crops Research Institute on 19 June 2024 at 10.30 AM. The programme commenced with the welcome address by Dr. Asha Devi A, Principal Scientist & Liaison Officer (Official Language). Thereafter, Dr. G. Suja, Director (in-charge) & Chairman (Official Language) delivered the inaugural address. Shri. Somadetan A., Retired Assistant Director (Official Language), Income Tax Office, Thiruvananthapuram conducted the workshop. 11 officers and 19 employees were trained in this workshop. The workshop concluded with the vote of thanks by Shri. Bhadrakumar, S., Senior Administrative Officer and Member, Official Language Implementation Committee.

Tuber Crops Seed Village Program

Tuber Crops Seed Village a programme which seeks to ensure availability of good quality planting material of tropical tuber was inaugurated in Kalanjoor village panchayat of Pathanamthitta district as a part of the Scheduled Caste sub-plan under the auspices of ICAR-Central Tuber Crops Research Institute, Thiruvananthapuram. The program jointly organized by ICAR - CTCRI and State Department of Agriculture Development and FarmersтАЩ welfare was held on June 19 at KVMS Hall, Kalanjoor. Kalanjoor Panchayat President Mrs. T.V. Pushapavalli inaugurated the program. Dr. G. Byju, ICAR-CTCRI Director, delivered the presidential address which highlighted the research accomplishments of the prestigious national institute and its significance to the betterment of the farming community.


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.