Mangaluru, Jan 07, 2020: The 104th foundation day of ICAR-CPCRI in Kasargod was observed. Dr B N S Murthy, horticulture commissioner, Government of India, congratulated the scientists for being the first in the country and even the world on use of many technologies and resources.
He also wished a good future for the farmers for having financial security for coconut, arecanut and cocoa crops. “Low import duty and zero duty for import of produce are causing challenge in trade. Farmers should be motivated to excel by overcoming the various challenges,” he said.
Dr Anitha Karun, CPCRI director, highlighted the various achievements – such as 21 varieties of coconut, 11 varieties of arecanut and eight varieties of cocoa and the largest genetic resources in the field gene bank.
She highlighted the technologies commercialised by the Institute.
Custom Hiring Centre (CHC) under the KVK Kasargod was inaugurated during the occasion.
As a part of the foundation day programme, the CPCRI brought out ‘Kalpa Vermiwash’, ‘Kalpa Bean-to-bite’ and ‘Kalparasa’ tapping mould.
Publications like ‘Impact of Mandate Crops Research’, ‘Proceedings of International Meet on Asia Pacific Cocoa Breeders’ Working Group (APCBWG)’, ‘Directory of Incubatees’, ‘Technologies for Value-added Coconut Products’, ‘Package of Practices of Arecanut (Malayalam)’, and ‘Disease Management Folders on Coconut (in Malayalam) – 3 Nos (Bud Rot, Tanjavur Wilt, Stem Breeding)’ were released on the occasion.
Exchange of MoU with Panchamala Agro Farmers’ Producer Company on virgin coconut oil, District Kudumbasree Mission and distribution of coconut tree climbing device to SCSP beneficiaries were organised for the foundation day.