24th September 2013, Kayamkulam
Dr. M.S. Swaminathan, eminent agricultural scientist and former DG, ICAR visited Central Plantation Crops Research Institute (CPCRI), Regional Station, Kayamkulam. In his special address, Dr. Swaminathan appreciated Regional Station for its achievement, especially the development of disease resistant genetic material and other technologies in pest and health management in coconut. He expressed his satisfaction that technologies could cater to the need of the coconut farming community. Dr. Swaminathan also recalled the use of Remote Sensing technology for the survey of root (wilt) disease in the country for the first time during early 1960’s in collaboration with Indian Space Research Organization, Bengaluru. He called upon scientists to evolve farmer-friendly, ecologically sustainable and cost-effective technologies in synergy with other Institutes of the country through a multi-disciplinary approach. A technical bulletin in local vernacular language (Malayalam) ‘CPCRI, Regional Station, Kayamkulam at a glance’ was also released by him.
Earlier, Dr. George V. Thomas, Director, CPCRI welcomed Dr. Swaminathan and highlighted the salient achievements of the Regional Station particularly the progress on research on root (wilt) disease of coconut and the challenges faced by the crop.
On this occasion, Dr. Swaminathan also visited field experiments on root (wilt) disease resistant Kalparaksha variety, technology exhibition. He also planted a disease tolerant ‘Kalpasankara’ hybrid of coconut as a part of ceremonial planting.