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ICAR-CPCRI celebrated its 105th Foundation Day

Jan 05, 2021 : CPCRI-KASARAGOD | Author:Web Admin

ICAR-CPCRI celebrated its 105th Foundation Day on 5 January 2021 with various events like Foundation Day address, Dr. K. V. Ahammed Bavappa Memorial Lecture, Farmers’ Meet and Scientist-Farmer Interface programme.



Sri Rajmohan Unnithan, Hon’ble MP (Lok Sabha), Kasaragod inaugurated the Farmers’ Meet. Sri N. A. Nellikunnu, MLA, Kasaragod presided over the function in which Smt. Baby Balakrishnan, President, Kasaragod District Panchayat was the guest of honour. Sri Prashanth, P. V., Programme Executive, AIR, Kannur offered felicitations. Critical inputs to farmers and youths belonging to SC were distributed in the Farmers’ Meet. Several extension publications including the audio CD on ‘Thengum Thanalum’ based on AIR programme, were also released during the meeting.



Dr. A. K. Singh, Deputy Director General (Horticultural Science), ICAR, New Delhi delivered the Foundation Day address. In the backdrop of agriculture reforms, he urged the research institutions to create awareness among farmers on different opportunities including Farmer Producer Organizations. An electronic detector for red palm weevil infestation, developed jointly by ICAR-CPCRI and M/s Resnova, Kochi with the financial support from Coconut Development Board was released by Dr. A. K. Singh, during the occasion.



Dr. N. M. Nayar, Former Director, ICAR-CPCRI delivered the first Dr. K.V. Ahammed Bavappa Memorial Lecture on the topic ‘Introspection, reflections and observations’. Dr Nayar said that, Dr. K.V.A. Bavappa, the founder director of ICAR-CPCRI will be remembered for his commitment to work and leadership which could lay firm foundation for research at CPCRI.


Dr.Jelfina C. Alouw, Executive Director, International Coconut Community, Jakarta; Dr. Venkatesh N. Hubballi, Director, Directorate of Cashewnut and Cocoa Development, Kochi, Dr. Homey Cheriyan, Director, Directorate of Arecanut and Spices Development, Kozhikode, Dr. B. K. Pandey, ADG (Hort. Science), ICAR, New Delhi, and Dr. Saradindu Das, CCDO, Coconut Development Board, Kochi offered felicitations.



The on-line programme was attended by Dr. S. P. Ghosh, formerly DDG (Hort. Sci.) and Chairman, RAC of ICAR-CPCRI, members of QRT, past directors and other retired staff, directors of different ICAR institutes and other invitees.



ICAR-CPCRI Awards for the year 2019 were distributed during the function. The Best Scientific Team award was given to Dr. M.R. Manikantan and team consisting Dr. A.C. Mathew, Dr. R. Pandiselvam, and Dr. Shameena Beegum, Dr. S.V. Ramesh, Dr. Arivazhagan, Dr. K.B. Hebbar, Dr. Murali Gopal and Dr. Paulraj. The Best Technical Staff Award was shared among Shri K Krishnan Nair, Technical Officer, CPCRI, Kasaragod and Shri Santhosh Kumar P., Senior Technical Assistant, CPCRI, RS, Vittal. The Best Skilled Support Staff award was also shared among Shri T.J. Ninan, SSS, CPCRI, Kasaragod and Shri Sudhakara, SSS, CPCRI, RS, Vittal.










ICAR-CPCRI signed MoA with Dr. YSR Horticultural University for academic collaborations. Dr. T. Janakiram, Vice Chancellor represented the University.







                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Dr. Anitha Karun welcomed the gathering and briefed about salient research achievements of the Institute for the year 2020.




        Sri Rajmohan Unnithan, M.P., Kasaragod inaugurating the Foundation Day Programme at ICAR-CPCRI Kasaragod



Sri Rajmohan Unnithan, M.P., Kasaragod delivering inaugural address of the Foundation Day Programme at ICAR-CPCRI Kasaragod



         Sri Rajmohan Unnithan, M.P., Kasaragod handing over the Kalparasa collection device at ICAR-CPCRI Kasaragod