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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

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.

ICAR-CTCRI celebrated 71st Constitution Day

Constitution day 2020 was celebrated at ICAR-CTCRI by organising reading of preamble and two expert talks. The programme also marked the culmination of year long celebration of the 70th anniversary of adoption of THE CONSITUTION OF INDIA from 26.11.2019 to 26.11.2020. Constitution day celebrations on 26.11.2020 was organised in virtual mode by following SOPs of COVID-19.The session started by preamble reading by Dr V. Ravi, Director (A), including all the staffs of the institute. Dr K. Sunilkumar, chairman of the Constitution celebration committee welcomed the guests. The Director of ICAR-CTCRI in his the presidential address has urged staff members to rededicate themselves for the well being of farmers especially tuber crop farmers during this occasion of constitution day. The Chief guest Justice M. R. Hariharan Nair, Former Judge, High Court of Kerala delivered an expert talk on “The Constitution and Social Inclusion”. The importance of various Articles in the constitution for the support and welfare of various community was also elaborated through his talk. The 103rd amendment of the constitution was discussed in detail which provided for upliftment of the Economically Weaker Sections among the forward communities who do not enjoy any other reservations.

HPTTC 2020

Anthropogenic activities mediated global warming is creating enormous changes in the weather parameters, resulting into significant climate change giving rise to the extreme events like flooding, drought, high temperature stress, salinity stress and unpredicted rainfalls. Such events could have a catastrophic effect on the food and nutrition security. Tropical Tuber Crops are one of the reliable resorts to mitigate the climate change related issues. In this context an International Webinar on Harnessing the Potential of Tropical Tuber Crops under Changing Climate (HPTTC 2020) was organized on 27 October 2020 by ICAR-Central Tuber Crops Research Institute, Kerala, India, to have an insight into the role of Tropical Tuber Crops as food security crops under variable climates. Chief Guest of the Webinar Dr. A.K. Singh, Deputy Director General (Horticultural Science), ICAR, New Delhi, India, inaugurated the Webinar, emphasising on the role of Tropical Tuber Crops in mitigating climate change consequences.He has also given thrust for conserving natural resources and sustainability in view of climate change.


ICAR-Central Tuber Crops Research Institute hosted the Annual Review meeting (2018-2019) of the “ICAR-Consortium Research Platform on Vaccines and Diagnostics” at Thiruvananthapuram during 29 to 30 January, 2020.
Dr. Joykrushna Jena, Deputy Director General (Animal Sciences and Fisheries) in his inaugural address stressed the need and importance of diagnostics and vaccines in order to meet the challenges posed due to


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.