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ICAR-Central Tuber Crops Research Institute (ICAR – CTCRI), Sreekariyam celebrated its 54th Foundation Day on 29 July 2017. Shri. Teeka Ram Meena IAS, Principal Secretary (Agriculture) and Agricultural Production Commissioner, Government of Kerala inaugurated the programme and delivered inaugural address. In his address, the Chief Guest appreciated the scientists and other staff members of ICAR-CTCRI for their contributions made in tropical tuber crops sector. He emphasised the need for developing demand driven and farmer friendly technologies to make the farming profitable. He also urged the scientists to take the technologies from lab to land for the benefit of farmers and other stakeholders. Smt. K. C. Rugmini Devi, Managing Director, Small Farmers Agri-Business Consortium and Shri. Ravinder Jit Singh, Chief Executive Officer, Agri Innovate India offered felicitations. Soil health cards were distributed to the farmers of adopted villages under Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav initiative of ICAR-CTCRI. Website on soil health card developed by the institute was also launched during the occasion which will help farmers to access the details online. Dr. Archana Mukherjee, Director, ICAR- CTCRI delivered presidential address and highlighted the major achievements of the Institute which led to the development of tropical tuber crops in the country. During the celebration, retired employees of the institute were honoured on recognition of their contributions for the development of tuber crops across the country. Scientist-farmer interface for enhancing the economic viability of tuber crops farming was organized in which more than 150 farmers and other stakeholders participated. Demonstrations, field visits and exhibition on improved varieties, technologies for production, protection and utilization of tuber crops were also arranged for the benefit of farmers and other stakeholders. Dr. James George, Project Coordinator (Tuber crops) welcomed the gathering and Dr. Sheela Immanuel, Head, Section of Extension and Social Sciences proposed vote of thanks. Dr. Santhosh Mithra, Principal Scientist coordinated the programme.

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