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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

National Conference on Tropical Tuber Crops for the Sustenance and Welfare of Tribal Communities(NCTTC-2016)

In collaboration with ICAR-CTCRI, Indian Society for Root Crops (ISRC) organizes National Conference on Tropical Tuber Crops for the Sustenance and Welfare of Tribal Communities(NCTTC-2016) at ICAR-CTCRI, Thiruvananthapuram during 20-22 October 2016. Root and tuber crops, which are the cheap and rich sources of energy, has been integrated with the food habits of the tribal population in India since time immemorial.more...

National Technology Day Celebrated at ICAR-CTCRI

“Developing technologies for covering fruits and vegetables into high value and export oriented products is the need of the hour and the young agricultural students should use creative ways to solve this problem” is the message delivered by Shri. Ashok Kumar Thekkan, Director of Agriculture, Govt of Kerala during the inauguration of one day KSCSTE sponsored National Technology Day 2016 Workshop on “Creative Strategies for Generating Innovative Agricultural Technologies” organised at ICAR – Central Tuber Crops Research Institute (ICAR-CTCRI), Sreekariyam, Thiruvananthapuram on 11-5-2016.

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.