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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

ICAR-CTCRI Celebrated Foundation Day

ICAR- Central tuber Crops Research Institute celebrated its 58th foundation day on 23rd July 2021. The function was organized in hybrid mode by following Covid protocol. Shri.P.Prasad, Hon. Minister for Agriculture and Farmer’s welfare, Government of Kerala, inaugurated the function by watering an elephant foot yam plant. In his inaugural address the Hon. Minister reiterated that "A hike in agricultural production should not be a crisis to farmer, but they shound be able to get more profit from it for which there should be ways for value addition, enhanced storability & storage facility, and also a linkage between farmers and market, not only at national but also at international level also". Minister also emphasized that India is looked up on by the multi nationals because of the agriculture friendly climate prevailing here, all around the year, and scientists should put efforts to protect the agricultural sector and farmers from falling prey in to their trap. The meeting was presided over by Dr. M.N. Sheela, Director(A), ICAR Central Tuber Crops Research Institute. During the function MoA for the commercialization of CTCRI technologies were handed over to the investors by the Hon minister in presence of the inventors. Awards for the best employees of ICAR-CTCRI as well as for the Farmers were distributed by Hon. Minister. He also released eight publications of ICAR-CTCRI. Other Six farmers from different parts of the country were felicitated in online mode.

Awareness Campaign on Balanced Use of Fertilizers

The Awareness Campaign on Balanced Use of Fertilizers was organized by ICAR-CTCRI, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala on 18 June 2021 in virtual mode (Zoom and Facebook Live) in commemoration of 75th year of India’s Independence (Azaadi ka Amrit Mahotsav). The campaign was organized as per the directions received from the office of DDG (NRM), ICAR, New Delhi. Farmers, students, scientists, researchers, extension officials, input dealers and other stakeholders participated in the event. About 250 participants attended the live programme through Zoom platform and Facebook Live programme of ICAR-CTCRI. Dr. G. Byju, Organizing Secretary and Head, Division of Crop Production,ICAR-CTCRI, Thiruvananthapuram, delivered the welcome address and introductory remarks. Dr. M. N. Sheela, Director, ICAR-CTCRI, Thiruvananthapuram, delivered Presidential address. The Chief Guest of the campaign, Dr. P. Rajendran, Chairman, Farmers Welfare Fund Board, Govt. of Kerala & Former Vice Chancellor, Kerala Agricultural University, Thrissur, Kerala, inaugurated the event and delivered inaugural address. The session on ‘Balanced fertilization, soil testing and soil health card’ was presented by Dr. K. Susan John, Principal Scientist (Soil Science), ICAR-CTCRI, Thiruvananthapuram. Dr. G. Suja, Principal Scientist (Agronomy), ICAR-CTCRI, Thiruvananthapuram, handled the session on ‘Organic inputs: Composts, Green manures and Biofertilizers’. The topic on ‘Crop residue management’ was dealt by Dr. V. Ramesh, Principal Scientist (Soil Science), ICAR-CTCRI, Thiruvananthapuram. Dr. S. Sunitha, Principal Scientist (Agronomy), ICAR-CTCRI, Thiruvananthapuram, dealt the session on ‘Drip fertigation’.

Observed World Water Day at ICAR-CTCRI

The institute observed 'World Water Day 2021' on 22nd March. Dr. C. George Thomas, Chairman, Kerala State Biodiversity Board was the Chief guest and he delivered a talk on the theme: "Valuing Water". Dr. V. Ravi, Director (A) , Dr. S .Sunitha, Principal Scientist and Coordinator of the programme, scientists, staff and students of the institute and beneficiary farmers of SCSP programme under All India Network Project on Organic Farming participated in the programme. Three progressive farmers, who are adopting effective water conservation measures and micro irrigation for cultivation of horticultural crops were felicitated during the occasion.

World Soil Day 2020 at ICAR-CTCRI

World Soil Day (WSD) 2020 was celebrated at ICAR-CTCRI on 5 December at 2.30 p.m. in the Golden Jubilee Hall of our Institute on virtual mode. The programme started with ICAR theme song followed by welcome address by Dr. Susan John. K, Principal Scientist (Soil Science) and Nodal Officer of the Soil Health Card Programme. In her welcome speech, she stressed the need to keep the 'Soul of Infinite Life' (SOIL) (soil biodiversity) alive to promote and sustain all the geo biochemical processes in soil to occur efficiently so that the well being of all the inhabitants in the planet earth will be the best. Dr. V. Ravi, Acting Director, made the presidential address narrating the significance of soil and the soil biodiversity comprising of microfauna, and microorganisms, mesofauna, macrofauna and megafauna with invisible microbes ranging from bacteria, fungi to millipedes, centipedes to earthworms, toads, moles etc. in keeping the soil ecosystem alive and healthy and incidentally the entire life on the universe. The WSD pledge was administered by the Director on the occasion.

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.