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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 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. The meeting was attended by several dignitaries including Health Minister of the State, Vice Chancellor, KAU, Director, State Horticulture Mission, Chief Postmaster General, Director, ICAR-CTCRI, Director, DOA and Department of Soil Survey and Soil conservation other than political representatives of the Parliament, Assembly and Corporation. A total of 12 cards were distributed by the Chief Minister which comprised two of the cards generated by ICAR-CTCRI (Mr. K.G. Unnithan, Kareepra, Kottarakkara and Mr. Syam Kumar, Pattazhy). Director, ICAR-CTCRI also made a felicitation address on the occasion. There were technical sessions in the meeting till evening. The State level meeting was attended by more than 1500 people and the block level meetings around 50-75 farmers each in each block.

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.


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.