Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary DARE and Director General, ICAR appreciated the efforts being taken by the Central Plantation Crops Research Institute to conserve and maintain the valuable genetic resources under difficult conditions. The genebank is the treasure house of genetic diversity for the future generations to combat the exigencies of changing climate and to ensure food and nutritional security, said Dr Ayyappan.
DG, ICAR accompanied by Dr. George V. Thomas, Director, Central Plantation Crops Research Institute (CPCRI) visited the International Coconut Genebank (ICG-SA) at the CPCRI Research Centre, Kidu, located in Dakshina Kannada District of Karnataka on 25th December, 2011 and also the CPCRI Regional Station, Vittal.
He called upon the institute to"Do and Show" to improve the visibility and be'heard' in the national and international forums. He called upon the staff members to work in a mission mode to address burning issues and develop appropriate need-based technologies for the plantation crop sector.
DG, ICAR appreciated the research and developmental activities, especially the dwarf arecanut hybrid developed by the institute. He also inaugurated a seminar hall at RC Kidu with facilities for organizing small farmers’ meeting for popularization of technologies developed at institute and a tissue culture facility at Regional Station, Vittal.
Apart from the ICG-SA, he also visited the National Genebank, the experimental plots, seed production plots and the facilities created for quality planting material production in the mandate crops viz., coconut, arecanut and cocoa at the CPCRI Research Centre, Kidu, and Regional Station, Vittal.
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