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.

PANJABRAO DESHMUKH OUTSTANDING WOMAN SCIENTISTS AWARD 2016

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.