The institute celebrated World water day 2022 on 22 March, 2022 on the theme “Ground water: Making the invisible visible”. The programme was held online and Mrs. Santy S.R., Hydrogeologist, Ground Water Department, Thiruvananthapuram district office, Govt. of Kerala delivered a talk on the theme, explaining the importance of ground water, sources, negative effects of ground water depletion, recharge techniques etc. Dr. M.N. Sheela, Director (Acting) gave a brief about the importance of water. She highlighted the importance of water deficit drought and the drought resistant nature of different tuber crops. Dr. S. Sunitha, Principal scientist, Crop Production, welcomed the participants and by Dr. J. Suresh Kumar, Scientist proposed the vote of thanks. There were 45 participants from ICAR-CTCRI, Thiruvananthapuram, AICRP TC centres, farmers and students.


ICAR-CTCRI has organized a tuber crops planting festival and farm inputs and implements were distributed to identified beneficiary farmers belonging to below poverty line (BPL) scheduled castes in Mezhuveli panchayat, Pathanamthitta district on 5th March 2022. In a function organized at Karithotta, Mezhuveli, the farmers meet was inaugurated by Mrs. Veena George, Hon’ble Minister for Health, Women and Child Welfare. Speaking on the occasion, the minister has lauded the good efforts of ICAR-CTCRI in spreading its technologies among marginalized sections of the society and expressed her desire to expand the activities in other selected panchayats too. Dr.M.N. Sheela, Director, ICAR-CTCRI delivered the keynote speech in which she elaborated various facets of ICAR-CTCRI technologies and extended all possible supports in future. Mrs. Pinky Sreedhar, President, Mezhuveli panchayat presided over the meeting. Sri. K.C. Rajagopalan, Ex. MLA, Sri. R. Ajayakumar, Member, District Panchayat, Sri. B.S. Aneeshmon, Member, Block Panchayat, Sri. S. Subhanandan, Member, Mezhuveli Grama Panchayat, Sri. T.V. Stalin, Assistant Director of Agriculture and Agricultural Officer, Mezhuveli graced the occasion by their presence and felicitations. Hon’ble minister has distributed 2500 kg elephant foot yam (Gajendra), 1500 kg greater yam (Sree Roopa), major, secondary and micronutrient fertilizers for preparation of customized plant nutrient formulations, Micronol microfood, vermicompost, PGPR I and II, AMF, Ayar, power sprayer, radio, spade, pick axe and crow bar to the beneficiary farmers under SCSP programme of the institute. Dr. G. Byju, Principal Scientist & Head (A), Division of Crop Production and the scientist implementing the project in the panchayat, in his welcome address, explained the importance of tuber crops in food security under changing climate and elaborated the aims and objectives of the project. Inauguration of planting of tuber crops was done by Dr. M.N. Sheela by planting elephant foot yam (Gajendra) in the field of a beneficiary farmer. Mrs. Pinky Sreedhar and Dr. G. Byju also participated among others.


Cassava is a staple food crop of approximately 800 million people and is grown in 95 countries worldwide. Cassava is affected by a diverse set of constraints, especially pests and diseases. Most notable among these are the virus diseases. A diverse group of virus species infect cassava in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Cassava mosaic geminiviruses (CMGs) causing cassava mosaic disease (CMD) in Africa and Asia and cassava brown streak viruses (CBSVs) causing cassava brown streak diseases (CBSD) in Africa are of economic importance. In order to take stock of the progress of research, an International webinaron Cassava viruses- Global status and strategies for disease control and prevention was organised by ICAR-Central Tuber Crops Research Institute, Sreekariyam, Thiruvananthapuram on 12 August 2021. Dr. M.N. Sheela, Director, ICAR-CTCRI, welcomed the dignitaries, delegates and participants for the program The international webinar was inaugurated by Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary, DARE and DG, ICAR. During his inaugural address, he stressed the need to design, define, & implement strategies to prevent crop losses from viral diseases and stabilise production. He opined that the susceptible varieties predominantly grown in our country should be substituted with resistant cultivars on a large scale, or resistance should be developed on the background of those popular varieties. He also emphasised deploying newer biotechnological tools like CRISPR/CAS9 and RNA gene silencing to mitigate viral diseases. In his presidential address, Dr. A.K. Singh, DDG (Hort. Science), ICAR, emphasisedthe importance of viral diseases and their impact on cassava in the wake of the changing climate.He opined that the tropics and subtropics of India could utilise the knowledge from the experts from various parts of the world to meet different demands of cassava for food purposes& as a substitute for other industrial uses. He assured that the recommendations arising out from the deliberations of this webinar would be implemented in the ongoing research program for successful cassava production in India. Dr. Vikramaditya Pandey, ADG (Hort. Science-I), ICAR, Dr. Sunil Chandra Dubey ADG (Plant Protection & Biosafety) andDr. Stephan Winter, Head, Plant Virus Division, DSMZ, Germany offered felicitation. The inaugural session ended with the vote of thanks by organising secretary, Dr. T. Makeshkumar, Principal Scientist, Division of Crop Protection, ICAR-CTCRI. Totally 10 presentations were made on this webinar from different parts of world ( Three from India, one each from Colombia, Tanzania, Nigeria, UK, Germany, Belgium and Laos) on various aspects of cassava viruses and strategies to manage them. The topic covered includes status of cassava mosaic, cassava brown streak, diagnosis, phytosanitation, clean seed systems, resistance breeding, new biotechnological tools for management and exploiting resistance genes for begomovirus. The recommendations evolved from this webinar are survey and surveillance to be intensified for monitoring the emergence of new strain in cassava viruses, strict quarantine enforcement required to prevent the introduction of cassava brown streak disease from Africa to India, developing on site diagnostics tools for CMD and ICT based tools for field level identification, identification of host genes for CMD resistance as well as for other viruses, Clean seed system and rapid multiplication and distribution of planting material, Harmonisation of regulations for international exchange of germplasm to avoid ad hoc interpretation of regulations by the regulators. Genome editing approach for cassava virus resistance.


ICAR- Central tuber Crops Research Institute celebrated its 58th foundation day on 23rd July 2021. The function was organized in hybrid mode by following Covid protocol. Shri.P.Prasad, Hon. Minister for Agriculture and Farmer’s welfare, Government of Kerala, inaugurated the function by watering an elephant foot yam plant. In his inaugural address the Hon. Minister reiterated that ‘A hike in agricultural production should not be a crisis to farmer, but there should be more utilization by value addition, enhanced storability and storage facility, and also a means to link the farmer with the market, not only national but also international.’ Minister also emphasized that India is looked up on by the multi nationals as agriculture friendly climate prevails here, all around the year, and scientists should put effort to prevent the agricultural sector from falling in to the hands of multinationals. The meeting was presided over by Dr. M.N. Sheela, Director(A), ICAR Central Tuber Crops Research Institute. During the function MoA for the commercialization of CTCRI technologies were handed over to the investors by the Hon minister in presence of the inventors. Awards for the best employees of ICAR-CTCRI as well as for the Farmers were distributed by Hon. Minister. He also released eight publications of ICAR-CTCRI. Other Six farmers from different parts of the country were felicitated in online mode. Dr. AK Singh DDG (Horticultural Science), ICAR, New Delhi delivered the keynote address. He stated that new varieties should be developed to satisfy future market needs as well as to increase profit. In case of tuber crops, target should be to substitute importing industrial starch by developing new varieties with enhanced starch production. Dr. Sheela Immanuel, Head, Section of Extension and Social Sciences, welcomed the gathering. Dr. Vikramadithya pande ADG(Horticultural Science), ICAR New Delhi and Smt. Bindu S.R., ward councilor, Cheruvikkal, gave special addresses. Prof.K.P. Sudhir, Executive Vice President, Kerala State Council for Science Technology and Environment, Thiruvananthapuram and Principal Secretary, Department of Science & Technology, Government of Kerala delivered the foundation day lecture on the topic “Adaptation for Sustainable Water Management”. About 105 and 40 people participated in online and offline modes respectively. Dr. G. Byju Head (A), Crop Production Division proposed the vote of thanks.


The Awareness Campaign on Balanced Use of Fertilizers was organized by ICAR-CTCRI, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala on 18 June 2021 in virtual mode (Zoom and Facebook Live) in commemoration of 75th year of India’s Independence (Azaadi ka Amrit Mahotsav). The campaign was organized as per the directions received from the office of DDG (NRM), ICAR, New Delhi. Farmers, students, scientists, researchers, extension officials, input dealers and other stakeholders participated in the event. About 250 participants attended the live programme through Zoom platform and Facebook Live programme of ICAR-CTCRI. Dr. G. Byju, Organizing Secretary and Head, Division of Crop Production,ICAR-CTCRI, Thiruvananthapuram, delivered the welcome address and introductory remarks. He highlighted the significance of the programme in view of Platinum Jubilee celebrations of our nation (Commemoration of 75th year of India’s Independence). He narrated the history of fertilizer industry in India, importance of fertilizers for agricultural production and objective of the campaign for balanced use of fertilizers for maximizing the productivity of crops by sustaining the soil health. He also read out the message given by Dr. Suresh Kumar Chaudhari, DDG (NRM), ICAR, New Delhi, during the occasion and highlighted the message ‘Govt. of India has launched the National Mission on Soil Health Cards to evaluate the soil fertility of soils across the country and to provide soil test-based fertilizer recommendations to farmers to ensure balanced fertilization in India. Dr. M. N. Sheela, Director, ICAR-CTCRI, Thiruvananthapuram, delivered Presidential address. She highlighted the importance of soil health for agriculture with special emphasis on tropical tuber crops. She stressed the importance of soil and other natural resources for sustaining agricultural production and doubling of farmers’ income as envisioned by Govt. of India. Director also read out the message sent by Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary, DARE and DG, ICAR, New Delhi and emphasized the message ‘Soil test-based fertilizer management is indispensable to assure national food security, maintenance of soil health, enhancement of soil fertility and to leave a good heritage for the future generations’. The Chief Guest of the campaign, Dr. P. Rajendran, Chairman, Farmers Welfare Fund Board, Govt. of Kerala & Former Vice Chancellor, Kerala Agricultural University, Thrissur, Kerala, inaugurated the event and delivered inaugural address. He congratulated the ICAR and ICAR-CTCRI for organizing much needed awareness campaign on ‘Balanced Use of Fertilizers’ for the benefit of farmers and other stakeholders. He stressed the importance of soil as a living entity and the source of life ‘Healthy soil-healthy plant-healthy animal-healthy human beings’. He further added that soil testing, judicious application of fertilizers and organic manures, organic recycling of crop residues and drip fertigation are the need of the hour for attaining food and nutritional security in the long run. The session on ‘Balanced fertilization, soil testing and soil health card’ was presented by Dr. K. Susan John, Principal Scientist (Soil Science), ICAR-CTCRI, Thiruvananthapuram. She highlighted essential nutrients for plant growth, source of nutrients, integrated nutrient management, nutritional deficiencies, method of soil sampling and soil testing and significance of soil health card (SHC) scheme implemented by Govt. of India, during the session. Dr. G. Suja, Principal Scientist (Agronomy), ICAR-CTCRI, Thiruvananthapuram, handled the session on ‘Organic inputs: Composts, Green manures and Biofertilizers’. Importance of organic inputs in soil health management, nutrient content of organic inputs, use of composts, green manures and biofertilizers in soil health management of agricultural crops with special reference to tropical tuber crops were explained. She also narrated different schemes of Govt. of India for soil health management highlighting the scheme on Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY). The topic on ‘Crop residue management’ was dealt by Dr. V. Ramesh, Principal Scientist (Soil Science), ICAR-CTCRI, Thiruvananthapuram. Application of crop residues in different fields, problems and prospects of management of crop residues, preparation of biochar and importance of tillage and mulching in soil health management were explained by him. Dr. S. Sunitha, Principal Scientist (Agronomy), ICAR-CTCRI, Thiruvananthapuram, dealt the session on ‘Drip fertigation’. Importance of judicious use of water and fertilizers, scope of drip fertigation in horticultural crops, advantages and challenges of drip fertigation and scheme on drip irrigation ‘Prime Minister Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY) by Govt. of India, were discussed in detail during the session. After the technical session, there was very good interaction on the different aspects of ‘Balanced Use of Fertilizers’ viz., Time and method of soil testing, soil health card, nutritional deficiencies, importance of Carbon: Nitrogen ratio, preparation of biochar and procedure for availing subsidy for drip irrigation/fertigation were held among the experts and participants. Besides, all other queries related to the topic were answered in written mode through social media viz., Zoom and Whatsapp. Dr. D. Jaganathan, Senior Scientist & Convenor, ICAR-CTCRI, Thiruvananthapuram facilitated the Scientist-Farmer interactive session. Dr. B. G. Sangeetha and Dr. Sanket J More, Scientists & Convenors, ICAR-CTCRI, Thiruvananthapuram, moderated the sessions. Dr. Sheela Immanuel, Organizing Secretary and Head, Extension and Social Sciences, ICAR-CTCRI, Thiruvananthapuram, highlighted the major discussions and interactions, who also proposed the vote of thanks at the end of the webinar. The farmers and other stakeholders expressed their satisfaction and demanded for more such programmes in future for making the agriculture ‘a profitable venture’ through technological interventions.


The institute observed 'World Water Day 2021' on 22nd March. Dr. C. George Thomas, Chairman, Kerala State Biodiversity Board was the Chief guest and he delivered a talk on the theme: "Valuing Water". Dr. V. Ravi, Director (A) , Dr. S .Sunitha, Principal Scientist and Coordinator of the programme, scientists, staff and students of the institute and beneficiary farmers of SCSP programme under All India Network Project on Organic Farming participated in the programme. Three progressive farmers, who are adopting effective water conservation measures and micro irrigation for cultivation of horticultural crops were felicitated during the occasion.


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. The theme lecture on the tpoic ' Agro Residues to Keep the Soil Alive' befitting to this year's WSD theme ' Keep Soil Alive, Protect Soil Biodiversity' was given by Dr. Murali Gopal, Principal Scientist (Agricultural Microbiology), ICAR-CPCRI highlighting topics like soil biodiversity in maintaining and sustaining soil health, recycling technologies for palm and cocoa biomass residues, unravelling their microbiology and impact on soil health through meta genomic studies, developing PGPR and mycorrhizal inoculants for coconut and cocoa, whole genome sequencing of the PGPR's and microbial control of coconut insect pests and on transferring of soil and plant health rejuvenating technologies to farming communities. Dr. V. Ramesh, Principal Scientist and Convenor of the programme expressed vote of thanks and Dr. Sanket J More, Scientist and Coordinator of the programme compared the programme. As we have given good publicity, the meeting was attended by scientists from IISR, Calicut and some extension personnel from Department of Agriculture, Government of Kerala. The meeting came to a close at 4.15 pm.


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. Dr. K. S. Ajay Kumar, Professor, Mar Gregorios College of Law and Former Principal, Government law college, Thiruvananthapuram delivered another expert talk on “A Common Man’s Approach to the Constitution of India”. In his lecture he has given thrust for the importance about the law which protect national – international relationship among the countries and the need to respect and follow the constitution of the country. The important role of constitution to ensure justice, liberty, equality and fraternity to all the citizens was elucidated through his lecture. He also narrated the significance of “Naturae vis maxima”, meaning the force of nature is greatest in world. The lecture was concluded by explaining some of the important basic rules and laws needed for every man’s daily life. There was also an interactive/discussion session arranged with the staff members of ICAR-CTCRI. All the staff members of ICAR-CTCRI participated in the session. The session was concluded by vote of thanks by Dr. H. Kesava kumar, Scientist, ICAR-CTCRI and member, Constitution day committee. The year long celebrations was organised by the committee constituted by the director for the purpose consisting of scientists Dr. Visalakshi Chandra, Dr H. Kesavakumar and Dr B.G. Sangeetha as members and Dr.K.Sunilkumar, Principal Scientist as chairman.


ICAR-CTCRI organized International Webinar ‘Harnessing the Potential of Tropical Tuber Crops’ - 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. Dr. Vikramaditya Pandey, Assistant Director General (Horticultural Science), ICAR, in his special address highlighted the significance of Tropical Tuber Crops. Dr. V. Ravi, Director, ICAR-CTCRI and the Chairman, HPTTC 2020, briefed about the technical sessions in his Introductory remarks. A total of 958 participants, 890 from India and 68 from 21 different countries viz, Australia, Nepal, Cambodia, Nigeria, Colombia, Philippines, Ethiopia, Poland, Fiji, Sierra Leone, Ghana,Tanzania, Indonesia, Thailand, Kenya, Uganda, Liberia, United Kingdom, Morocco, USA and Mozambique registered for the event and more than 300 delegates and participants attended the Webinar. Lead talk was given by Dr. Jan W. Low, World Food Prize Laureate and Principal Scientist at International Potato Centre, CIP, Nairobi Centre, Kenya, wherein she stressed the calibre of climate-resilient orange-fleshed sweet potato in combating hidden hunger and malnutrition thereby uplifting the socio-economic status of the people of Sub-Saharan African regions. Further, she added that orange-fleshed sweet potato should be integrated into diverse cropping systems, soil conditions and future breeding programmes with an effort to target specific agro-ecologies and consumer segments. Lead talk was followed by three technical sessions viz. Crop Improvement and Breeding Strategies, Integrated Crop and Soil Management and Plant Health Management. At the outset, Dr. M.N. Sheela, Principal Scientist and Head, Division of Crop Improvement, ICAR-CTCRI, a world renowned cassava and yam breeder, briefed about the achievements of Crop Improvement programmes and breeding strategies on Tropical Tuber Crops. Lecture of Dr. Amele Asrat, Yam Breeder, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Nigeria, was focused on identifying the yield enhancing traits in yams and the approaches to diffuse the same in the breeding programmes. Dr. Imran Malik, Cassava Production Systems Specialist at Asia Regional Office of International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Vientiane Centre, Lao PDR, pinpointed the agronomy and management strategies for the enhancement of cassava productivity and profitability under variable climatic scenarios. Dr. Joy G. Adiele, Systems Agronomist at National Root Crops Research Institute (NRCRI), Abia, Nigeria, discussed on Modelling Nutrient Demand and Uptake in LINTUL-Cassava-NPK. Dr. Arthur Villordon, Professor, Sweet Potato Research Station College of Agriculture Louisiana State University, Louisiana, USA, deliberated upon the Root System Architecture (RSA) changes in response to resource availability gradients: the missing link in sink strength determination in sweet potato. Dr. C.A. Jayaprakas, Principal Scientist and Head, Division of Crop Protection, ICAR-CTCRI, enlightened the participants regarding development of eco-friendly strategies to manage emerging pests in Tropical Tuber Crops under changing climate. Subsequently, Dr. M.L. Jeeva, Principal Scientist, Division of Crop Protection, ICAR-CTCRI, gave a brief update on potential strategies to mitigate emerging diseases of tropical tuber crops. Dr. G. Byju, Principal Scientist, ICAR-CTCRI and Convener, HPTTC 2020 delivered the welcome address. The International Webinar was co-ordinated by Dr. Sanket J. More, Scientist, ICAT-CTCRI and Organizing Secretary, HPTTC 2020. The technical sessions were moderated by Dr. G. Suja, Dr. A. Asha Devi and Dr. S. S. Veena, Principal Scientists, ICAR-CTCRI. Dr. D. Jaganathan, Scientist, ICAR-CTCRI and Convener, HPTTC 2020, proposed the vote of thanks. The highlights and recommendations will be brought out in the form of proceedings for furtherance of research and development programmes by Scientists and other stakeholders across the globe. The Webinar came to an end at 8.00 PM IST.



Constitution Year is being celebrated from 26 November 2019 to 26 November 2020 in connection with 70th year of the Indian constitution. As part of these celebrations, an awareness programme was organized at ICAR-CTCRI on January 10th 2020 at 10 am in the Millennium hall. Main attraction of the programme was an expert talk on “Constitution and Fundamental Duties”. Justice M. R. Hariharan Nair, Former Judge, High Court of Kerala was the chief guest for the programme. Dr K. Sunilkumar, Principal Scientist and Chairman of Constitution Committee welcomed the dignitaries and participants to the programme and gave brief account of the importance of observance of constitution year. The programme was chaired by Dr V. Ravi, Director (A) ICAR-CTCRI. Dr V. Ravi, in his presidential address stressed the need for awareness of citizens’ duties in addition to the Fundamental rights. The expert talk was delivered by Justice M. R. Hariharan Nair regarding fundamental duties of the citizens. According to him, citizen duties should be observed by each one in everyday life. He also informed that unlike citizen rights, the fundamental duties are not made as legal provisions and hence cannot be challenged in courts. There was also an interactive/discussion session followed by the talk. All the staff members of ICAR-CTCRI consisting of scientists, technical staff, administration and accounts, supporting and project staff participated in the session. In his lecture he has given thrust for the importance about the duties of government staff and all also about the importance and the need to respect constitution and national symbols. It was emphasized by the speakers that many of the present day problems could be solved provided, every individual citizen follows his fundamental duties. Waste disposal, environment conservation were some of examples cited. The session was co-ordinated by Dr Visalakshi Chandra,C., Dr. B.G. Sangeetha and Dr.H. Kesavakumar , the members of the Constitution committee. The programme came to an end with vote of thanks by Dr. B.G. Sangeetha.



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 climate change and emergence many new diseases. He insisted all the PIs to concentrate more on innovative diagnostic strategies and vaccination technologies for the health of plant/ animal/ fish. In view of wide usage, he also emphasizes the commercialization of the effective technologies and how effectively it could be taken to farmers.
Dr. Ashok Kumar, ADG (Animal Health) urged the need for assessing the impact of technologies compared to the existing and need to formulate projects involving agriculture, veterinary and fisheries sectors for the next five years based on the outcome of the present one and future requirement.  
The Director ICAR-CTCRI , Dr. V. Ravi, in his presidential address mentioned the need for diagnostics to develop strategies for healthy planting material production especially for the vegetative propagated crops for distributing to the beneficiaries in various programmes.
The achievements during the reporting period and the future programme of totally 38 projects were presented in different sessions by the concerned PIs/Co-PIs from 16 ICAR institutes of agriculture (7), animal (4 ) and fisheries (5 ) sectors. 

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Constitution day celebrations 2019 at ICAR-CTCRI
The constitution day celebrations at ICAR-CTCRI initiated with the formation of a Committee by the director to coordinate various events and competitions in connection with constitution day. As a part of the constitution day celebrations, a banner was displayed at the entrance of the Institute for view of the general public. An elocution competition on “Constitution in everyday life” was conducted on 22.11.2019 followed by quiz competition regarding Indian constitution was also conducted on 25.11.2019. All the staff and students of ICAR-CTCRI participated in the above mentioned events.
On 26.11.2019, the 70th Constitution day , Director Dr. Jayaprakash C.A, Director chaired the function and addressed the staff about the importance of the Day. Further, an expert talk on “Constitution of India-Prominent Features” was delivered by chief guest Dr. Lekshmi Nair, Director, Centre for Advanced Legal Studies and Former Principal, Kerala Law Academy Law College, Thiruvananthapuram to create awareness about the various articles, schedules and rights of our constitution. She also explained the fundamental rights of Indian citizens to the audience and in addition she emphasised the importance of realising the responsibility of citizens towards the constitution and governance.  The talk was followed by mass reading of the ‘Preamble’ lead by Dr. Jayaprakas C.A, Director (i/c) by all the staff of the institute.
Dr. Sunilkumar K, Principal Scientist and nodal officer gave brief introduction about the programme and welcomed the participants and  Dr. Visalakshichandra, C, member secretary proposed vote of thanks at the end.
In addition, the brochure of Constitution Day celebration from Govt of India depicting fundamental duties and quotes of stalwarts behind the creation of constitution was displayed in institute notice board.

ICAR-CTCRI celebrated 56th Foundation Day
ICAR-CTCRI celebrated 56th Foundation Day on Saturday, 27 July 2019 at 10.30 am in the Institute. Shri. Justice (Retd.) P. Sathasivam, Honourable Governor of Kerala, the Chief Guest of the function, inaugurated the Foundation Day. Shri. Justice (Retd.) P. Sathasivam also inaugurated the Farmers Facilitation Centre and Solar Roof Top Project in the campus. A publication titled “ICAR-CTCRI a look at its journey” was released and Best Employee Awards were presented by the Hon’ble Governor. In his inaugural address, he was proud to inform the audience that he belongs to the farming community. He mentioned that India’s soul rests in its villages. He emphasized that agriculture should not be considered just as an occupation, but as a means to ensure food and nutritional security. He also added that the key to food security is to “strengthen the primary sector”. He apprised the importance of integrating roots and tubers for sustainable livelihoods under the scenario of global climate change. He urged the scientific community that research should offer significant long-lasting solutions for the farmers to bank upon. He also exhorted to reduce the “distance” between policies and scientific research to ensure better access to benefits and research outputs for the farmer. Hon’ble Governor also stressed upon the need for “credible technologies” to ensure better health, wealth and inclusive growth for farmers. He said that the Farmers Facilitation Centre will serve as a single window delivery system for providing technological inputs and services to the farmers and other stakeholders. He also appreciated the newly installed energy saving solar power project. Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary, DARE & Director General, ICAR presided over the function. In his presidential address he reiterated the urgent need for doubling the farmers income (DFI) by 2022, the flagship programme of Govt. of India. The ICAR has adopted two villages in every district, thus covering 1400 villages for DFI. He elaborated the action plan for doubling the farmer’s income through advanced technological interventions for minimising the farm inputs to reduce the production cost. To achieve this, he focussed on various strategies like crop diversification, efficient use of water by drip irrigation, fertigation, water conservation measures to reduce water foot print, Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and sustainable integrated farming system models, use of solar energy and sensor technology in agriculture. Further, in this context, he also mentioned about the Jal Shakthi Abhiyan of Govt. of India covering 256 water stress districts as a welcome step. He also appreciated the newly installed energy saving solar power project. Dr. Mohapatra also informed that greater emphasis should be given on biofortification of crops to improve the nutritional quality. The ICAR has released 35 biofortified varieties, including two varieties of sweet potato, Bhu Sona and Bhu Krishna, enriched with beta carotene and anthocyanin respectively. Finally he concluded that the benefits of the technologies should also be translated through strong research-farmer-industry-consumer continuum. Dr. Anand Kumar Singh, Deputy Director General (Horticultural Science), ICAR, New Delhi, offered the special address. He highlighted that tuber crops contributed 6% of the total vegetable production of the country. Research should focus on development of biofortified varieties, technologies for DFI and strategies to combat malnutrition and poverty. He appreciated the efforts of the Institute in developing 67 varieties and 30 technologies. Dr. Archana Mukherjee, Director, ICAR-CTCRI delivered the welcome address and Dr. V. Ravi, Principal Scientist & Head, Division of Crop Production proposed the vote of thanks. The exchange of MoUs between the Start-up entrepreneurs and ICAR-CTCRI and honouring of the Start-up entrepreneurs were the other highlights of the programme. Exhibition stalls showcasing the various activities of ICAR Institutes in Kerala were also arranged during the occasion. About 75 farmers participated in the Foundation Day Celebrations and visited the research laboratories, fields and interacted with the Scientists of ICAR-CTCRI and other ICAR Institutes in Kerala.
One day Seminar on Tuber Crops in Andhra Pradesh
The Institute has organised one day Seminar on ‘Improved Technologies of Horticultural Crops with Special Reference to Tuber Crops’ at Ryali, Atreyapuram Mandal in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh on 1st August 2019, in collaboration with Dr. YSR Horticultural University, Venkataramannagudam, AP. Dr. B.V.K. Bhagwan, Head, HRS, Dr. YSR Horticultural University, Kovvur inaugurated the seminar and released two technical leaflets about ‘Agrotechniques of tuber crops’ in Telugu and English. Soil health cards were also distributed to the farmers. Dr. G. Byju, Principal Scientist, ICAR-CTCRI presided over the inaugural session. Classes on different topics related to the region were taken by Dr. G. Ramanandam, Head, HRS, Dr. YSR Horticultural University, Ambajipeta; Dr. N.B.V. Chalapathi Rao, Principal Scientist, HRS, Dr. YSR Horticultural University, Ambajipeta; Dr. K. Ravindra Kumar, Scientist, HRS, Kovvur; Dr. D. Jaganathan, Scientist, ICAR-CTCRI; Dr. A.V.V. Koundinya, Scientist, ICAR-CTCRI; Mr. R. Devanand Kumar, Asst. Dir. (Hort), Amalapuram; Mr. P.B.S. Amarnath, Hort. Officer, Kothapetta and Mrs. M. Babitha, Hort. Officer, Inavilli. Officials from Mondelez International and Aries Agro Pvt. Ltd. Also attended the meeting. About 120 farmers participated in the one-day seminar. East Godavari district is famous for elephant foot yam, yam and cassava cultivation. High yielding varieties, agrotechniques, crop protection measures and scope for value addition were discussed. The Asst. Director, Horticulture expressed their interest in learning the processing technologies and informed that a group of young farmers will be sent to ICAR-CTCRI for training at Techno Incubation Centre. Customised fertilizers and micronutrient formulations for site specific nutrient management (SSNM) of elphant foot yam and yams being tested under FLDs and OFTs in the region will have to be popularised and made available commercially for profitable farming.
The 10th H.H. Sree Vishskhan Thirunal Endowment Lecture

Indian Society for Root Crops and ICAR-CTCRI jointly conducted the 10th H.H. Sree Vishskham Thirunal Endowment Lecture on 15th June 2019, 10.30 AM at ICAR-CTCRI, Sreekariyam, Thiruvananthapuram. Dr. M.N. Sheela, Secretary, ISRC welcomed the gathering. The endowment lecture was delivered by Padmavibhushan Dr. B. N. Suresh, Professor & Hon’ble Chancellor, Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology. In his lecture, he deliberated how space science can modernize agricultural technologies to improve the productivity and doubling of farmers’ income. The meeting was inaugurated by Dr. A. K. Singh, Hon’ble DDG (HS & CS), ICAR, New Delhi. Hon’ble Prince Aditya Varma, Kowdiar Palace, Thiruvananthapuram who has keen interest in agriculture and farming was the guest of honour. Dr. V.P. Singh, South East Asian representative of CIAT, New Delhi, Dr. N.K. Krishnakumar, Former DDG (ICAR) & representative of Bioversity International, New Delhi, Dr. T. Janakiram, ADG (HS-1) gave felicitation addresses. The event was presided over by Dr. Archana Mukherjee, Director, ICAR-CTCRI and President ISRC. Scientists from 21 different AICRP-TC centres spread across 18 states and 1 union territory of the country are special invitees for the function. The meeting concluded with the vote of thanks.

Tuber Crops Technology Conclave and Agri-Startup Meet 2017

Tuber Crops Technology Conclave and Agri-Startup Meet 2007 inaugurated by honourable Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri. V. S. Sunil Kumar, at ICAR- Central Tuber Crops Research Institute (ICAR-CTCRI), Thiruvananthapuram on October 28, 2017 at 10:00 AM. Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Kerala, In his inaugural address, the minister told that agriculture scientists should focus on developing farmer centric, low cost technologies. Shri. Teeka Ram Meena IAS, Principal Secretary, Department of Agriculture and farmers, explained about Centre-State Interface. Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana project on "Popularization of Climate Resilient and Nutritionally Rich Varieties of Tuber Crops for Economic Development and Nutritional Security of Farmers of Odisha" was lanched by Shri. Bhaskerjyoti Sarma IAS, Special Secretary, Department of Agriculture and farmers Empowerment, Govt. of Odisha. Dr. T. Mohapatra, Secretary, DARE and Director General, ICAR New Delhi, presided over the function. In this programme, several publications and documentary on cassava based biopesticide were released. And also memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed between the different Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVKs) of Kerala and ICAR-CTCRI on cassava based biopesticide. Dr. Archana Mukherjee, Director, ICAR-CTCRI, welcomed the gathering and Dr. James George, project coordinator, AICRP on TC, ICAR-CTCRI, proposed vote of thanks.


Dr. Archana Mukherjee, Director, ICAR-CTCRI has bagged the prestigious PANJABRAO DESHMUKH OUTSTANDING WOMAN SCIENTISTS AWARD 2016 instituted by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi . We the staff members of ICAR-CTCRI congratulate our Director for receiving the award.

54th Foundation Day Celebration

ICAR-Central Tuber Crops Research Institute (ICAR - CTCRI), Sreekariyam celebrated its 54th Foundation Day on 29 July 2017. Shri. Teeka Ram Meena IAS, Principal Secretary (Agriculture) and Agricultural Production Commissioner, Government of Kerala inaugurated the programme and delivered inaugural address. In his address, the Chief Guest appreciated the scientists and other staff members of ICAR-CTCRI for their contributions made in tropical tuber crops sector. He emphasised the need for developing demand driven and farmer friendly technologies to make the farming profitable. He also urged the scientists to take the technologies from lab to land for the benefit of farmers and other stakeholders. Smt. K. C. Rugmini Devi, Managing Director, Small Farmers Agri-Business Consortium and Shri. Ravinder Jit Singh, Chief Executive Officer, Agri Innovate India offered felicitations. Soil health cards were distributed to the farmers of adopted villages under Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav initiative of ICAR-CTCRI. Website on soil health card developed by the institute was also launched during the occasion which will help farmers to access the details online. Dr. Archana Mukherjee, Director, ICAR- CTCRI delivered presidential address and highlighted the major achievements of the Institute which led to the development of tropical tuber crops in the country. During the celebration, retired employees of the institute were honoured on recognition of their contributions for the development of tuber crops across the country. Scientist-farmer interface for enhancing the economic viability of tuber crops farming was organized in which more than 150 farmers and other stakeholders participated. Demonstrations, field visits and exhibition on improved varieties, technologies for production, protection and utilization of tuber crops were also arranged for the benefit of farmers and other stakeholders. Dr. James George, Project Coordinator (Tuber crops) welcomed the gathering and Dr. Sheela Immanuel, Head, Section of Extension and Social Sciences proposed vote of thanks. Dr. Santhosh Mithra, Principal Scientist coordinated the programme.

National Productivity Week Celebration ; Theme : “From waste to profits through Reduce, Recycle and Reuse"

The “National Productivity Week” was celebrated at ICAR-CTCRI from 12-18 February, 2017 at the Institute Head Quarters at Thiruvananthapuram. The inaugural ceremony was flagged off by Dr. Janakiram, Assistant Director General (Horticulture) on 13.02.2017 at ICAR-CTCRI. A series of competitions were held for the staff and students of the Institute on the theme Waste to Profits. On 18th February the valedictory function was conducted at the Institute. Shri. L.P.Chither, Director, Suchitwa Mission, Government of Kerala was the chief guest. He elaborated on the waste management measures taken by the Kerala State government to reduce, recycle and reuse waste in Kerala. Mind set change in the people is the need of the hour to minimise waste and to reduce environmental pollution. He also stressed that mass awareness need to be created among the common man about the harmful effects of throwing and burning wastes. People should take initiatives to make a green Kerala. Dr. James George, Director, ICAR-CTCRI in his welcome address explained about the activities taken by the organisation to reduce waste and also he explained about the activities taken under the banner of the Swatch Bharat programme by the Institute. He also stated that most of the wastes generated by the experimental field / laboratories in the Institutes are recycled. Prizes were also distributed to the winners of the competition in this occasion. Dr.Sheela Immanuel, Principal Scientist & HoD delivered the vote of thanks. The programme was attended by the scientists, students and other staff members of the Institute.

Sri. Sudarshan Bhagat, Hon’ble Union Minister Of State For Agriculture And Farmers Welfare, Government Of India Visited ICAR-CTCRI, Thiruvananthapuram and “Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav” Model Farm in Thiruvananthapuram

Sri. Sudarshan Bhagat, Hon’ble Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India visited ICAR-CTCRI, Thiruvananthapuram on 28th January 2017.The minister inaugurated the precision water and nutrient management facility as a part of ‘More crop per drop’ research programme of the Institute to fulfill the objective of the hon’ble Prime Minister’s dream programme of Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY) with the vision of extending the coverage of irrigation ‘Har Khet ko pani’ and improving water use efficiency ‘More crop per drop' in a focused manner with end to end solution on source creation, distribution, management, field application and extension activities.The Institute has developed drip fertigation technology for tropical tuber crops and is being implemented in the farm to save the precious water and nutrients.

The minister has visited the farm of the Institute and made a review of the work done and facilities available at the Institute such as germplasm conservation, Techno Incubation Centre, E- crop, biopesticides laboratory and transgenics laboratory.The minister also had a glance of the display of 53 varieties of tropical tuber crops that the Institute has developed over the past 53 years of its existence which were exhibited in the Crop Museum of the Institute.

The minister also inaugurated the cashless transaction facility at the Institute as well as distributed planting materials of tropical tuber crops to the selected model farmers for on-farm demonstration of ICAR-CTCRI technologies under the ‘Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav’ programme of the government. The ‘Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav’ programme has been conceptualized in which scientists of ICAR-CTCRI have identified 40 villages in the vicinity of the Institute and regularly providing advisories and consultations to farmers for increasing farm productivity and production.

The minister also made a review of the various activities of the Institute by having a discussion with heads of divisions (HODs), sections, Senior Administrative Officer and Finance and Accounts Officer. An exhibition of the different technologies and varieties released by the Institute was also arranged and the minister visited the exhibition and had discussion about the different technologies and varieties.