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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

Science Enrichment Programme on GIS and Remote Sensing applications

ICAR-CTCRI, Thiruvananthapuram is organizing a training programme on GIS and Remote Sensing applications for agriculture using open source tools Under SPEED programme, KSCSTE, Government of Kerala during 1-5th September,2015. This five day programme aims at giving the students an exposure to the open source geoinformatics facilities available in the Institute and their applications in important fields with emphasis on agriculture. The training programme includes lectures by eminent faculty, hands-on training on the use of some of the softwares, interactive sessions as well as field and laboratory visits. The students will also be introduced to various related experimental facilities in the Institute. The training will definitely provide an exposure on the various opportunities in remote sensing and GIS for a wiser career choice.

High Commission of Seychelles visited ICAR-CTCRI

Hon’ble High Commission of Seychelles, Mr. Waven Winslow William, has visited ICAR-CTCRI, Thiruvananthapuram during November 17-19, 2015 to explore the possible future collaboration on tuber crops technologies between ICAR and the Republic of Seychelles.


World Food production must be doubled by the mid-21st century to feed a world population that is projected to increase from the current 6.4 billion to 9 billion using less land, far less water, and fewer nutrients in the background of negative effects of climate change on cereals.


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.


Research on tropical tuber crops is the primary mandate of CTCRI. Each division CTCRI concentrate its research programmes on separate aspects of tuber crops. Crop improvement division focus its activities on collection germplasm of different tuber crops from different parts of the world and conserving it in field gene bank as well as in vitro.