10th December, 2019, Kerala
The ICAR-Central Tuber Crops Research Institute (CTCRI), Kerala and the ICAR-Indian Society for Root Crops (ISRC), Kerala jointly celebrated the “Tuber Crops Day” today.
The Chief Guest, Shri J. Sajeev, Managing Director, Horticorp, Government of Kerala emphasized on the importance of tuber crops in food security. He stressed that it is the safe food in the present days. Shri Sajeev stated that the country is moving towards traditional foods and hence, the tuber crops are in the phase of reinvention. He also assured that the Horticulture Corporation can support in marketing of excess tuber crops being produced by the farmers.
Dr. V. Ravi, Director, ICAR-CTCRI briefed about the Institute’s achievements. He highlighted about the nutritional values and its climate resilience nature of the crop. Dr. Ravi underlined the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana Project’s socio economic impact on the tribal population’s lives in Kerala. He also outlined the establishment of seed villages for meeting the demands of planting materials among the tuber crops farmers.
Earlier, Dr. J. Sreekumar, Principal Scientist & Vice-President, ICAR-ISRC mentioned about the significance of the Thrikarthika Day. He also acknowledged the state Government of Kerala for recognizing the day as the “Tuber Crops Day”.
The progressive tuber crops farmers were also felicitated during the occasion.
The scientists briefed about the Institute’s research activities and clarified the doubts of the farmers during the Scientists’-Farmers’-Interaction Session.
Around 100 farmers, scientists and students participated in the programme.
(Source: ICAR-Central Tuber Crops Research Institute, Kerala)