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The ICAR-Central Tuber Crops Research Institute, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala organized the “2nd Meeting of 9th Research Advisory Committee (RAC – IX)” from 12th to 13th April, 2023. Dr. Sudhakar Pandey, ADG (Fruits, Vegetables, Spices & Medicinal Plants), ICAR provided various suggestions to improve different research activities of the Institute. Dr. N.K. Krishna Kumar, Former Deputy Director General (Horticultural Science) and Chairman, RAC and other members Dr S.K. Pandey (Ex-Director, ICAR-CPCRI, Shimla), Dr. K. Umamaheswaran(Ex-Professor, Kerala Agricultural University), Dr. Sanjaya Kumar Dash (Dean, College of Agrl.Engg& Tech., OUAT, Bhubaneswar), Dr. H. Philip (Ex-Director (Extension), TNAU, Coimbatore), Dr. G. Byju (Director, ICAR-CTCRI, Thiruvananthapuram) and Dr. P. Murugesan (Member Secretary, RAC &Head (i/c), Division of Crop Improvement, ICAR-CTCRI) were participated in the meeting. Dr. P. Murugesan, Member Secretary, RAC presented the recommendations of the previous RAC and the Action Taken Report.The committee stressed upon the importance of commercialization of various tuber crop technologies. Also, it was suggested to prioritize tuber crop research for producing different animal feeds. Ten publications and products were released and a MoU was signed for transfer of technology on processing of tuber crop products with Madappally Block Vanitha Processing Industrial Co-Operative Society Ltd., Kottayam during the occasion.

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