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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

CTCRI Inks MoU with Mahatma Gandhi University

Central Tuber Crops Research Institute (CTCRI) and Mahatma Gandhi (MG) University, Kottayam has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) at a function in MG University.Possible areas of collaboration include various fields of biosciences including biotechnology, biochemistry, microbiology, climate change, nanotechnology, smart farming as well as processing & value addition.Prof. Sabu Thomas, Vice Chancellor, MG University and Dr. G. Byju, Director, CTCRI signed the MoU. This bilateral relation between a University and a national research institute will help transforming agricultural sector by solving many issues of the society at large, said Prof. Sabu Thomas. By this CTCRI will act as a center of research for PhD students of the university as well as bring national and international projects to solve pressing issues, said Dr. G. Byju.

Biofortified Sweet Potato & Millet Food Festival at NEHU-TURA

ICAR-Central Tuber Crops Research Institute, Thiruvananthapuram along with theIncubation Centre, North Eastern Hill University(NEHU), and Department of Agribusiness Management and Food Technology, Tura Campus, Meghalayahas organised a “Biofortified Sweet Potato and Millet Food Festival” on the theme “Converging the goodness of millets with healthy sweet potato”at Tura campus on 23rd March 2023. This food festival was organised under the “IndradhanushAahaar Abhiyaan” (Rainbow Diet Campaign) programme of ICAR-CTCRI as a part of the International Year of Millets Campaign to encourage the students to develop and promote innovative recipes by integrating millets and bio-fortified sweet potato.

Stakeholders interface & Inauguration of IMC by Hon' Prime Minister

A live Web Telecast of the Inauguration of International Millet Conference by Hon’ble Prime Minister and Stakeholders Interface on Millets for Food and Nutrition was arranged at ICAR- Central Tuber Crops Research Institute today (18th, March 2023). Dr. Suma Divakar, Professor, Department of Community Science, College of Agriculture, Vellayani, Thiruvananthapuram has delivered an awareness talk on ‘Value addition of Millets for Health and food security’ during the interface. More than 100 farmers, students, staff of ICAR-CTCRI and other stakeholders attended the programme..

International Women's Day (IWD) 2023

International Women's Day (IWD) 2023 is celebrated at ICAR- Central Tuber Crops Research Institute, Sreekariyam, Thiruvananthapuram on March 8th to create awareness for the social, economic, cultural, and political upliftment of women. The theme for this year’s Women’s Day, according to the United Nations, is "DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality" and it aims to emphasise the importance of technology in bringing gender issues to light. Dr.G.Byju, Director ICAR-CTCRI in his presidential address pointed out that CTCRI has more than 30 percent strength of women employees and congratulated the women achievers of the Institute. He also declared a research excellence award for women employees for the next year.

ICAR-CTCRI has signed an MoU with Digital University of Kerala.

ICAR-CTCRI has signed an MoU with Digital University of Kerala (DUK). It is the very first time DUK had an MoU with a Research and Development institute. Based on the MoU, PhD students from the University will be allotted to CTCRI and also National and International collaborative research programmes of common interest will be developed in future.Dr.Saji Gopinath, Vice Chancellor, DUK and Dr. G. Byju, Director, CTCRI signed the MoU in the presence of Deans and higher officials of the University and in the functionDr. T. Makeshkumar, Principal Scientist and Scientist-in charge PME cell, CTCRI also attended.


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.