20th May 2015, Thiruvananthapuram
Padma Vibhusan Prof. M.S. Swaminathan interacted with the scientists of ICAR-CTCR here today.
Prof. Swaminathan took keen interest on biofortified varieties like yellow flesh cassava variety Sree Swarna; β-carotene rich sweet potato varieties Sree Kanaka, ST14; and anthocyanin rich yam variety Sree Neelima.. He appreciated the ongoing work on soil test based fertilizer recommendation, organic farming, soil and nutrient conservation technologies, and studies on response of tuber crops to climate change. He expressed his happiness over the biopesticides developed by ICAR-CTCRI. He emphasized that the eco-technologies like biofertilizers, biopesticides, biocontrol agents etc. should be treated as biological softwares for sustainable agricultural development.
Dr. S. K. Chakrabarti, Director, ICAR-CTCRI apprised him about the salient achievements of the institute and the role it played for last 50 years in progressive development of the sector in India. He also emphasized about the opportunities and the thrust areas on which the institute is concentrating.
(Source: ICAR-Central Tobacco Research Institute, Rajahmundry)