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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

HPTTC 2020

Amidst COVID-19 situation, new issues are emerging in the field of agriculture. Tropical tuber crops are having a bright future in the years to come considering both the biotic as well as abiotic stresses which are occurring frequently in the recent years. In this context, ICAR-CTCRI would like to organize an one day International Webinar on “Harnessing the Potential of Tropical Tuber Crops under Changing Climate (HPTTC 2020)” to have more insight into the role of tropical tuber crops in the era of climate change. The webinar is proposed to be organised on 27 October 2020 (Tuesday). Apart from the Indian experts, five international experts, one each from CIAT, Lao PDR Centre; CIP, Kenya Centre; IITA, Nigeria, NRCRI, Nigeria and Louisiana State Agriculture University, U.S.A. will deliver the lecture. 2016 World Food Prize Laureate, Dr. Jan Low will deliver the lead talk.


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


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


The world soil day 2019 was celebrated at ICAR-CTCRI on 05 December 2019 by organizing a function at 11.00 am in the Millennium Hall of the Institute. The function was presided by Dr. V. Ravi, Director (Acting),ICAR-CTCRI. The World Soil Day pledge in English and Malayalam was administered respectively by Dr. V. Ravi and Dr. Susan John, K. Professor (Dr.) K.N. Harilal, Member, Kerala State Planning Board was the Chief guest of the function and he delivered the key note address focussing on the 'Significance of soil in the well being of the Universe as whole'.

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


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.