12th March 2016, Kasaragod
Centenary celebrations of ICAR-Central Plantation Crops Research Institute, Kasargod was launched here today.
Dr. N.K. Krishnakumar, Deputy Director General (Horticultural Sciences), ICAR, New Delhi while inaugurating the event said that farmers should form groups, join hands with private - public partnership ventures for marketing of their produce. Dr. Krishna Kumar appreciated the effort of CPCRI for encouraging the growers to maintain environmental safety and sustainability. He called for concerted efforts and research on marketing of packaged coconut soft drinks.
Dr. P. Chowdappa, Director, ICAR-CPCRI presided over the function and spoke on various programmes planned for the Centenary Celebrations of the Institute during the year. He informed that price fluctuations in plantation crops can be tackled through intercropping, which will help in sustainable income He said that there is increased effort to publicize the technologies developed by CPCRI on value addition and development of entreprises on products through technology transfer.
Shri S.R. Sathishchandra, President, CAMPCO, Mangaluru in his keynote address emphasized on mechanization needs of arecanut growers.
One hundred coconut seedlings of 18 released varieties of CPCRI were planted by one hundred farmers in one minute to establish a “Centenary Coconut Park”.
“Centenary logo of CPCRI” and painting by Shri P.S. Punichithaya on the “100 years journey of CPCRI”, were unveiled during the occasion. Three publications; a special chocolate “Kalpa Choco”, made of coconut sugar; organic products “Kalpa Organic Gold” and “Kalpa Soil Care” were released during the function.
An exhibition was arranged showcasing various technologies and products of horticultural research.
.Around 3000 farmers participated in the event. During this Centenary year, a series of programmes across the country are planned to be conducted.
(Source: ICAR-Central Plantation Crops Research Institute, Kasargod)