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    Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav

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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

XXIInd Annual Group Meeting

Annual Group Meeting of All India Coordinated Research Project on Tuber Crops held at ICAR-RC for NEH region, during 11-13 May, 2022. The meeting was inaugurated by Dr. M.N. Sheela, Director, ICAR-CTCRI and Project Coordinator of AICRPTC. Dr. Arnab Sen, Principal Scientist and Director i/c, ICAR-RC for NEH presided over the inaugural function. Fifty scientists from 21 AICRP TC centres across the country attended the meeting. The three days programme reviewed and discussed the different research programmes of the project for evolving new varieties and location specific technologies for the development of tropical tuber crops under different agro-climatic zones of the country. In the plenary session held on 13th May, 2022, Hon'ble DDG (Horticulture) Dr. A.K. Singh and Assistant Director General Dr. V. Pandey from Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi joined the meeting online and interacted with the scientists. The deliberations emphasized the need for quality planting material production, value addition, women empowerment in tuber crops by the formation of farmer producer organizations. Among the 21 centres of AICRP on Tuber Crops, the centre at Indira Gandhi Krishi Viswavidhyala, Jagdalpur, Chhattisgarh state bagged the best centre award during 2021 for their outstanding performance.

Dehumidified seed storage go-down’ and Tissue culture lab

A ‘Dehumidified seed storage go-down’ with 50 tonnes storage capacity was constructed at the Regional Centre of ICAR-Central Tuber Crops Research Institute (CTCRI), Bhubaneswar with the cost of Rs 166 lakhs under the project “Popularization of climate resilient and nutritionally rich varieties of tuber crops for economic development and nutritional security of farmers of Odisha” (RKVY). A ‘Tissue culture lab’ was constructed at this Centre with the cost of Rs 70 lakhs under the project “In-vitro quality planting material production of tuber crops to meet the demand of Odisha” (RKVY). On august day 24.03.2022 at 3.00 PM, Dr. Vikramatiya Pandey, ADG (HS)i/c, ICAR, New Delhi inaugurated a “Dehumidified seed storage go-down” and “Tissue culture lab” constructed at the Regional Centre of ICAR-CTCRI, Bhubaneswar in presence of Dr. M.N. Sheela, Director (A), ICAR-Central Tuber Crops Research Institute (CTCRI), Thiruvananthapuram and Dr. M. Nedunchezhiyan, Head i/c, Regional Centre of ICAR-CTCRI. All the staffs of Regional Centre of ICAR-CTCRI and Scientists from Central Horticultural Experiment Station (ICAR-IIHR) had attended the inauguration progamme.

ICAR-CTCRI celebrated World Water day 2022

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.

Tuber Crops Planting Festival - Mezhuveli Panchayat

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.

National Webinar Conducted

A national webinar on “Tuber Crops and Food Security Under Changing Climate” was organized as a part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav on 25th February 2022 at 11.00 AM. Dr. J. Sureshkumar, Convenor welcomed the Patron, ChiefGuest, speaker and the other delegates. The talk was delivered by Dr. G. Byju, Head (A), Division of Crop Production, IACR-CTCRI. Dr. Himanshu Pathak, Director and Vice Chancellor, ICAR-National Institute of Abiotic Stress Management, Baramati, Pune was the chief guest.Dr. M.N. Sheela, Director, ICAR-CTCRI, in her introductory remarks, briefly explained about the Institute and the research activities that are going on at ICAR-CTCRI to the Chief Guest and the audience. Dr.H. Pathak addressed the gathering and talked about the importance of climate change management and importance of today’s lecture. Later, Dr.Byju talked about the following topics in his lecture: food security, concept of climate change, causes of climate change, source of green house gas emissions in agriculture, global warming potential of agricultural crops, climate change effect on crop productivity, role of tuber crops in ensuring food security and biological efficiency of tuber crops compared to other major crops. The lecture was followed by discussion. Dr. G. Byju and Dr.H. Pathak answered the questions asked by the participants. At the end, Dr. A.V.V Koundinya, Convener, delivered the formal vote of thanks.There were 125 participants from different ICAR Institutes and SAUs at national level along with 6 scientists from Indonesian Legumes and Tuber Crops Research Institute, Malang West, Indonesia.

National Girl Child day celebration on 24.01.2022

The National Girl Child day was celebrated on 24.01.2022 through online mode at 14:00 hrs. As an introduction to the programme a video including the objectives of the Girl child day was screened to create awareness among the participants. The welcome address was delivered by Dr.Susan John, Principal Scientist, ICAR-CTCRI. She briefed on her experience as a girl child and emphasised the need for a change in the mind set of parents for the empowerment of the girl chid. Dr.M.N.Sheela, Director, ICAR-CTCRI in her presidential address highlighted the importance of education in the life of girl children and talked about the necessity for the girls to achieve top positions in the society. She added that children should have courage and confidence to move forward. Mrs.Radha Viswakumar, Principal, Bhavans Vivekananada Vidhya Mandir, was the Guest of honour. She spoke on the role of girl child in the society. Dr. Sheela Immanuel, Principal Scientist, ICAR-CTRI talked about the qualities which the girl children should possess. The lead talk on Empowering Girl Child was given by Shri. Biju Simon,Team Member,Childline,Thiruvananthapuram and Director ETHER, India. He made the programme quite interesting by giving few online activities to the children. He talked on the different issues faced by girl children and the ways and means to overcome the challenges for a better tomorrow. The students had an interactive session after the lead talk. The programme ended with the vote of thanks by Dr.Krishna Radhika, Scientist, ICAR-CTCRI. The programme was attended by hundred and one participants including students and staff from Bhavans Vivekananda Vidhya Mandir and ICAR-CTCRI. The event ended at 4.30 pm.

Kissan Diwas (National Farmer's Day)Celebration

ICAR- Central tuber Crops Research Institute celebrated the Kissan Diwas (National Farmer’s day) on 23rd November 2021.The meeting was presided over by Dr. M. N. Sheela, Director, ICAR-CTCRI. Shri. Kadakampally Surendran, Honourable Member of Legislative Assembly, Kazhakkoottam, inaugurated the function. In the inaugural address, Shri. Kadakampally Surendran, told that this year's farmer's day is being celebrated during the time when there is an increasing realization that farmers are a great force to reckon with and that they cannot be ignored at all in any society.Three tuber crops farmers Shri. P. J. Manuel, Smt. S. Sheeja and Shri. V. S. Syamkumar were honoured during the function. Dr. Sheela Immanuel Principal Scientist, ICAR-CTCRI welcomed the gathering and Dr. G Byju Principal Scientist, ICAR-CTCRI proposed vote of thanks.Insect proof net house, a facility for rapid multiplication of quality tuber crops planting materials was inaugurated by Shri. Kadakampally Surendran M L A.He also participated in the ICAR's National Swachatha campaign which is being held at the institute. About 100 farmers attended the function, which was organized by following Covid protocol.

Swachhta Pakhwada Programme

Swachhta Pakhwada programme is being conducted at ICAR-CTCRI from 16th - 31st December 2021. Swachhta pledge was taken as part of the programme on 16-12-2021 at the institute. About 90 farmers from Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu attended the programme and all the staff members participated in the programme. As a part of the programme the Director reviewed the progress of weeding out of old records and files of administration section of the office on 17-12-2021. Swachh Bharat activities was conducted at ICAR-CTCRI by cleaning of the institute premises, field block, laboratories and canteen premises on 18-12-2021 and 19-12-2021. As a part of the programme the Director reviewed the progress of weeding out of old records and files of accounts section of the office on 20-12-2021.

International webinar on Cassava viruses

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.

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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.