Model Training Course of Tuber Crops Technology Commercialisation
A Model Training Course on "Tuber Crops Technology Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship development" sponsored by the Directorate of Extension, Ministry of Agri., Coop. & Farmers Welfare, Govt. of India was organised at ICAR-CTCRI, Thiruvananthapuram during Feb. 2-9, 2016. This training was inaugurated by Dr M.N. Sheela, Director (Incharge) on Feb 2, 2016 who indicated the need for commercialising tuber crops products for a larger community to improve the livelihood of lakhs of tuber crops farmers in the country.
ICAR-CTCRI Celebrated World Soil Day
ICAR-CTCRI also formed a part of the State level celebration organized by the Department of Soil Survey and Soil Conservation and Department of Agriculture. The same was held at Kerala University Senate Hall, inaugurated by Honourable Chief Minister of the State and presided over by the Agriculture Minister of the State.
Seed Business Development to the cure of tapioca farmers distress in Salem
"The soaring tuber prices at the lower range of Rs 150 to 350 per 70 kg bag in the last few years, is adding to the woes of the farmers who invested a hefty amount in cultivating the crop. Diversifying the tuber utilisation in the form of value addition and developing quality seed enterprises are two key avenues for protecting farmers from price fluctuation" is the message delivered by Dr James George, Director of ICAR - Central Tuber Crops Institute (ICAR-CTCRI), Thiruvananthapuram at the inauguration of "Entrepreneurship Orientation Programme on Promoting Tuber Crops Seed Enterprises for Sustainable Seed Security" at the Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Sandhiyur, Salem.
Village Incubation Centre for Value Addition of Tuber Crops Developed at Ukhrul, Manipur
"Adding value to low-cost cassava (Tapioca) tubers will double the agricultural income of the Manipur farmers" is the message delivered by Dr. S.V. Ngachan, Director of ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam, Meghalaya during the Launching Workshop-cum-Training Programme on "Incubation Centre for Value Addition of Tuber Crops" at Riha village, Ukhrul district under ICAR-CTCRI-NEH programme on 17.02.2016. Dr. Ngachan stressed the need for converting the abundantly-available cassava tubers into high value snack food product like tapioca crisps (Bhujia), pakkavada etc. He lauded ICAR-CTCRI efforts in bringing the concept of a Village-level incubation Centre to the NEH region and hoped that these centres will bring sustainable increase of agricultural income in future.
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.