To accomplish the extended mandate of serving the Island ecosystem research needs in agriculture and allied sectors of India, ICAR-Central Island Agricultural Research Institute , Port Blair has spread its activities into Lakshadweep Islands. Looking at the impressive progress made by CIARI in Andaman and Nicobar Islands over the past four decades since inception in the year 1978, Indian Council of Agriculture Research, New Delhi has decided to add Lakshadweep Islands to CIARI, Port Blair.
Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Kiltan was taken over from Lakshadweep Administration in April, 2016, which has been presently shifted to Kavaratti to the capital of Lakshadweep into a office space provided by Lakshadweep Administration on 8th August, 2016. From 1st April, 2017, a base with research farm was also established at Minicoy by taking over the CPCRI regional station.
As the entire population of Lakshadweep is ST, Tribal Sub-plan activities in addition to undertaking need based research activities at Minicoy and their extension to various stakeholders through its KVK will be undertaken.
Till dated three training programmes were organized under TSP at Lakshadweep Islands viz., Vegetable cultivation on 1st September, 2016, Nutritious kitchen garden on 5th March, 2017 and Augmentation of feed and fodder resources on 6th March, 2017.
A one day brain storming session will be organized at CIARI, involving the scientists to chalkout action plan for Lakshadweep Islands for the year 2017-2018.
(Source: ICAR-Central Island Agricultural Research Institute , Port Blair)