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 South Zone Institutes

Dr. Sudha Mysore
Principal Investigator of South Horticulture ZTMC (SHZTMC) at ICAR-IIHR, Bangalore


Zonal centre SZTM & BPD Unit has a network of eleven research institutions and hundreds of researches in almost all domain of Horticultural science. This entire team has developed approx 350 of viable technologies for the welfare of Horticultural community. These technologies of 20 zonal institutes have been evaluated on the basis of evaluation criteria. Out of these 350 technologies, 58 top prioritized technologies were selected for further action in 2012-13.

ICAR- Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bengaluru  

The Institute spread its sphere of Research activities to the length and breadth of the Nation by establishing its experimental stations at Lucknow, Nagpur, Ranchi, Godhra, Chettalli and Gonikopal. Over the years these experiment stations have grown in size and today they stand as independent institutes, however, retaining the Chettalli and Gonicoppal under its fold. As of now, the IIHR has its main research station at Hessaraghatta, Bengaluru with 263 ha of land and Regional experiment stations at Bhuvaneshwar in Orissa and Chettalli in Karnataka with two Krishi Vigyan Kendras both located in Karnataka state at Gonikopal in Kodagu and Hirehalli in Tumkur districts. Apart from this the Project Coordinating Cell of the All India Coordinated Research Project on Tropical Fruits is also located at the institute at Bengaluru.

Web Link: www.iihr.res.in


ICAR-Indian Institute of Oil Palm Research, Pedavegi
Research on Oil Palm under irrigated conditions is practically a new start and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research established the National Research Centre for Oil Palm (later renamed as Directorate of Oil Palm Research) at Pedavegi in West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh on February 19,1995. In November 2014, the institute was upgraded as Indian Institute of Oil Palm Research (IIOPR) to cater to oil palm research requirements across the country. IIOPR serves as a centre for conducting and coordinating research on all aspects of oil palm conservation, improvement, production, protection, post-harvest technology and transfer of technology. This institute has a research centre at Palode near Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

Dr. K. Suresh
Principal Scientist & Member Secretary
Mobile: 9440205509

ITMU Members
Dr. P. Kalidas, Acting Director & Chairman
Dr. R. K. Mathur, Principal Scientist & Member
Dr. P. Naveenkumar, Senior Scientist & Member
Dr. K. Manorama, Principal Scientist & Member
Dr. S. K. Soam Head, ICM Division, NAARM, Hyderabad & Member
Dr. N. Murthy Anishetty Retd. Senior Officer, FAO-UN, Hyderabad & Member
Dr. K. Suresh Principal Scientist & Member Secretary

Web Link: dopr.gov.in


ICAR-Central Plantation Crops Research Institute, Kasargod
The Coconut Research Station at Kasaragod in Kerala was initially established in 1916 by the then Government of Madras and subsequently it was taken over by the Indian Central Coconut Committee in 1948. Central Plantation Crops Research Institute (CPCRI) was established in 1970 as one of the agricultural research institutes in the National Agricultural Research System (NARS) under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).
The Institute had the mandate to undertake research on coconut, arecanut, cocoa, cashew, oil palm and spices at the time of establishment. The research on cashew, oil palm and spices were later delinked from CPCRI to form separate institutes. The present mandate of the institute is to conduct research on coconut, arecanut and cocoa.

ITMU- Principal Scientist
Dr. K. Muralidharan, ADH (Soil Science) .
Mobile: 9446169526, Office: 04994-232893-95/090

ITMU Members
Dr. P. Chowdappa, Director & Chairman
Dr. C. Thamban, Principal Scientist
Dr. A C Mathew, Principal Scientist
Dr. P. Subramanian, Principal Scientist
Dr. M R Manikantan, Senior Scientist
Dr V H Prathibha, Scientist CAO & FAO, Scientist Incharge, PME
Mr. A. Sadanandan, Tech. Officer
Dr. Balasubramanian, Principal Scientist, DCR, Puttur
Web Link: www.cpcri.gov.in


ICAR-Central Tuber Crops Research Institute, Trivandrum

The Central Tuber Crops Research Institute (CTCRI) a constituent Institute under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) is the only research organization in the World dedicated solely to the research on tropical tuber crops. The Institute established in 1963 with its Headquarters at Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Kerala has grown over the years into a premier research organization of international repute. The Headquarters of CTCRI is located at Sreekariyam 12 km away from Airport and 10 km from Railway Station/and Bus Terminal of Trivandrum, the capital city of Kerala State and has an area of 48.19 ha. The Institute has a Regional Centre at Bhubaneswar, Orissa established in 1976 with an area of 20 ha located 8 km from Airport and 7 km from Railway Station; this cater to the needs of Eastern India.
The CTCRI is the only one of its kind in the world dedicated solely to the research on tropical tuber crops. Nearly four decades of concerted research have led to the development of several production and processing technologies for tuber crops besides release of nearly 49 improved varieties. The target group of most of the technologies being marginal and resource poor farmers, adequate emphasis is also given for on farm evaluation and popularisation of the technologies. In addition, several industrial Hi-tech technologies were also developed in the recent past enabling resource generation through consultancies.
ITMU- Principal Scientist
Dr. P. Sethuraman Sivakumar
Senior Scientist, Extension & Soil Sciences,
ICAR-Central Tuber Crops Research Institute,
Sreekariyam, Thiruvananthapuram-695017, Kerala
sethu_73@yahoo.com , itmuctcri@gmail.com,
Mobile: 9496550999, Office: 0471 2598551-203

ITMU Members
Dr. C. A. Jayaprakas, Head, Crop Protection & Member
Dr. M. N. Sheela, Head, Crop Improvement & Member
Dr. V. Ravi, Head,Crop Production & Nodal Officer, PME & Member
Dr. J. T. Sheriff, Head, Crop utilization & Member
Dr. M. S. Sajeev, Principal Scientist, Crop Utilization & Member
Dr. G. Byju, Principal Scientist, Crop Production & Member
Dr. V. S. Santhosh Mithra, Sr. Scientist, ESS & Member
Dr. R. Muthuraj, Senior Scientist, Crop Production & Member
Dr. Murugesan, Principal Scientist, IIOPR-RC Palode & External Member
Dr. P. S. Sivakumar, Sr Scientist, ESS & Member Secretary

Web Link : www.ctcri.org


ICAR-Directorate of Cashew Research, Puttur
Dr. D Balasubramanian
Principal Scientist (AS & PE)
ICAR-Directorate of Cashew Research
Puttur – 574 202, Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka
dircajures@gmail.com; dircajures@yahoo.com; dircajures@rediffmail.com

Dr P L Saroj, Chairman & Director
Dr M Gangadhara Nayak, Principal Scientist & Member, DCR
Dr P Shivarama Bhat*, Principal Scientist & Member, DCR
Dr T R Rupa, Principal Scientist & Member, DCR
Dr S Elain Apshara,Senior Scientist & External Member, CPCRI.

Web Link: www.cashew.res.in


ICAR-Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research

Dr. Kalyani Gorrepatibr>kalyani.gorrepati@icar.gov.in
Mobile: 07875239939 Office: 02135 222026
Dr. Jai Gopal, Director, DOGR, Chairman
Dr. S.K. Sharma, Head (Acting), IARI regional station, Baner, Pune (External Member)
Dr. V. Mahajan, Pr. Sci. (Hort.), DOGR
Dr. S. Gawande, Sr. Sci. (Plant Pathology), DOGR
Dr. S. Anandan, Sr. Sci. (Biotechnology), DOGR
Dr. Kalyani Gorrepati, Scientist (AS&PE), DOGR

Onion and garlic are the world famous spice commodities used for flavouring the dishes.  Besides culinary purposes, these are considered as valuable medicinal plants.  The fungicidal and insecticidal properties of garlic are well established.  Dehydrated powder & flakes and paste prepared out of onion and garlic provide rich agro-industrial base for these commodities.

RRealizing the importance of  onion and garlic  in  the country,  ICAR established  National Research Centre for Onion and Garlic in VIII Plan with its headquarter at Nasik in 1994.  However, due to some working constraints, the Centre was shifted to Rajgurunagar on 16 June 1998. Over the years, the centre has created good facilities for field and laboratory work.  The centre has been upgraded to Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research since December 2008. Besides this, an All India Network Project on Onion & Garlic with 28 participating centres all over the country has been established.

 Web Link: http://www.dogr.res.in/


ICAR-Indian Institute of Spices Research
Dr. Sheeja T. E.
Principal Scientist
sheeja@spices.res.in itmu@spices.res.in, sheeja@spices.res.in, bpd.iisr@gmail.com
1. Chairman, Director, IISR, Calicut
Email: director@spices.res.in
2. Member Secretary, Dr. TE Sheeja, Senior Scientist, ITM-BPD Unit, IISR, Calicut
Email: sheeja@spices.res.in
3. Member, Dr. TJ Zachariah, Head, Crop Production & PHT, IISR, Calicut
Email: john@spices.res.in
4. Member, Dr. SJ Eapen, Principal Scientist, Plant Pathology, IISR, Calicut
Email: sjeapen@spices.res.in
5. Member, IRC Secretary, IISR, Calicut
Email: irc@spices.res.in
6. Member, Principal Investigator, ZTM-BPD Unit, CIFT, Cochin
Email: cnrs2000@gmail.com
7. Member, Dr. V Srinivasan, Principal Scientist, IISR, Calicut
Email: vsrinivasan@spices.res.in

The Indian Institute of Spices Research (IISR), Kozhikode (Calicut) a constituent body of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) is a major Institute devoted to research on spices. In 1976, it started as a Regional Station of the Central Plantation Crops Research Institute (CPCRI), Kasaragod engaged in research on spices.

A National Research Centre for Spices was established in 1986 with its headquarters at Kozhikode, Kerala by merging the erstwhile Regional Station of CPCRI at Kozhikode and Cardamom Research Centre at Appangala, Karnataka. Realising the importance of Spices Research inIndia this Research Centre was upgraded to Indian Institute of Spices Research on 1st July, 1995.

The laboratories and administrative offices of the institute are located at Chelavoor (50m above MSL), 11 km from Kozhikode, Kozhikode District, Kerala on the Kozhikode-Wyanad road (NH 212) in an area of 14.3 ha.

Web Link : http://www.spices.res.in/


ICAR-National Research Centre for Banana
Dr. M. S Saraswathi
Office : +91 9442553117 Personal : +919443590188

ICAR-National Research Centre for Banana was established on 21st August 1993 at Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu by ICAR, New Delhi with an aim to increase the production and productivity of banana and plantains through mission mode basic and strategic research approaches.
The Centre works on four major thrust areas of research viz., Crop Improvement, Crop Production, Post Harvest Management and Crop Protection. It has well-equipped laboratories for tissue-culture, bio-technology, soil science, nutrient management, physiology, biochemistry, entomology, nematology, fungal, bacterial, viral pathology and post harvest technology research.
In late nin
eties, 10 collection surveys through explorations were made. Wild banana germplasm from the North-Eastern states, Western Ghats and Andaman & Nicobar Islands and also exotic banana accessions from International Transit Centre (ITC), Belgium through NBPGR, New Delhi were introduced. The Centre has completed seven in-house research projects and eleven are in progress in the 11th five year plan. In addition to Centre’s in-house projects, 26 externally funded projects by AP Cess fund of ICAR, NATP, DBT, NHB and INIBAP were completed. The Perspective Plan and Vision 2030 documents on the research priorities and also inputs from the QRT and RAC were published. The Centre conducts two meetings of Institute Research Council to review the on-going research projects and also to incorporate the RAC recommendations. The vision of the centre is to increase the production and productivity of bananas and plantains to meet the growing need in India.

Web Link : www.nrcb.res.in

ICAR-National Research Centre for Citrus
The task force appointed by the Ministry of Horticulture, Government of India suggested urgent need of strengthening of research on citrus in Central India after their survey during 24th to 26th April, 1980. Further, Dr. D.J. Hutchison, and UNDP consultant on citrus recommended the establishment of Citrus Research Station at Nagpur to investigate problems concerning citrus fruits in Central India. The Maharashtra Government also requested the Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) for establishment of a Citrus Research Station at Nagpur. Similarly, quinquennial review team (QRT) of IIHR, Bangalore also recommended that the citrus research work conducted at Nagpur will be more useful and applicable. Consequently, ICAR agreed for the establishment of the Research Station at Nagpur in VI Plan.

A committee constituted by ICAR selected suitable land at Nagpur for establishing Central Citrus Research Station and Government of Maharashtra agreed to provide the 250 acres land for the station to be established during VII Plan. Finally, on 29th July, 1985 the foundation stone of the Central Citrus Research Station was formally laid by Sh. P.V. Narasimha Rao, the then Hon'ble Minister of Defence, Government of India and Centre started functioning from 29th November, 1985. On 1st April, 1986 the status of Central Citrus Research Station which was functioning under IIHR, Bangalore was upgraded to National Research Centre for Citrus with an outlay of Rs.74.00 lakhs in VII Plan.

Web Link: nrccitrus.nic.in

ICAR-Directorate of Floricultural Research, Pune
Dr. (Mrs.) S. S. Deshpandebr>Principal Scientist
Dr. Prasanna Holajjer (Member)
Scientist, ICAR-DFR, Pune
Dr. (Mrs.) Shephalika Amrapali (Member)
Scientist, ICAR-DFR, Pune
Dr. Tarak Nath Saha (Member Secretary)
Scientist, ICAR-DFR, Pune

The establishment of an independent institute ‘Directorate of Floricultural Research’ by ICAR at Pusa, New Delhi, was a positive step to strengthen the existing network of AICRP on Floriculture and also in making them more focussed and research oriented. Newly established Directorate of Floricultural Research with the help of AICRP network is playing an important role in strengthening floricultural research and augmenting the technological base in floriculture in different regions of the country. Outreach of the technologies and creating awareness about the benefits of practicing floriculture among rural population is the need of the hour, which would be achieved through the network of coordinated centres spread all over the country.

Web Link: http://dfr.res.in

ICAR-National Research Centre for Grapes
Mrs. Kavita Mundankar, br>Scientist (Comp. App. In Agri.) (Officer-in-charge, ITMU) & Member Secretary
Office: 02026956081
Dr. S. D. Sawant Director & Chairman
Dr. Indu. S. Sawant, Principal Scientist (Pl. Pathology) & Member
Dr. N. Vigneshwaran Senior Scientist (Agri. Microbiology) & Member
Dr. Anuradha Upadhyay Principal Scientist (Biotechnology) & Member
Dr. K. Banerjee Principal Scientist (Agri. Chem.) & Member
Dr. A. K. Sharma Principal Scientist (PHT)
Mrs. Kavita Mundankar Scientist (Comp. App. in Agri.) & Member Secretary
The ICAR-National Research Centre for Grapes under Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi was established on 18th January 1997 at Manjri, Pune, with the following mandate
• Strategic and applied research on safe grape production and productivity.
• Transfer of technology and capacity building of stakeholders for enhanced and sustained production of grapes.
• National Referral Laboratory for Food Safety and Pesticide residue in fruits.

Based on this mandate the research is conducted with the following objectives:
• To collect, characterize, evaluate and catalogue Vitis germplasm
• To maintain core field germplasm with wide genetic base
• To develop varieties with economically important traits for table, wine, raisins and juice.
• To develop appropriate and economically viable agro techniques for quality grape production
• To sustain the productivity and quality through management of biotic and abiotic stresses
• To develop technologies with minimal dependence on agro chemical inputs
• To develop appropriate pre and post harvest technologies for extended shelf-life and processing into value added products
• To develop strategic alliances for research and transfer of technologies

For this the following five research programmes have been identified in Vision 2050
• Climate resilient viticulture
• Precision Viticulture
• Plant health and vineyard ecosystem management
• Value Addition and new generation products
• Mechanisation for grape production

Web Link: http://nrcgrapes.nic.in

ICAR-National Research Centre for Pomegranate
Dr. Gaikwad Nilesh Nivrutti br>Scientist
Dr. R. K. Pal, Director, ICAR-NRCP (Chairman)
Dr. K. Dhinesh Babu, Sr. Scientist, (Member)
Dr. Mallikarjun Harsur, Scientist, (Member)
Dr. Nilesh Gaikwad, Officer in charge ITMU, (Member Secretary)

The ICAR-National Research Centre on Pomegranate, Solapur (Maharashtra), was established on June 16, 2005 by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi, as a step to strengthen research and development infrastructure for pomegranate crop. Though Universities and institutes all over the world are having research programmes on pomegranate, this is the only institution working solely on pomegranate. The centre was established to fulfill the growing demand for pomegranate both in domestic and export market through tapping the immense production potential prevailing in the country.
Pomegranate is a high value crop. Entire tree of pomegranate is of great economic importance. Apart from its demand for fresh fruits and juice, the processed products like pomegranate wine, pomegranate tea and candy are also gaining importance in world trade. All parts of pomegranate tree have great therapeutic value and have high potentiality for their use in leather and dying industry. Demand in the international market has widened the scope for earning higher dividends from this crop. Profits upto 1.5 lakhs/ha/annum have been demonstrated by some growers. It is an ideal crop for the sustainability of small holdings, as pomegranate is well suited to the topography and agro-climate of arid and semi-arid regions. In addition, it provides ample opportunity for livelihood security, as it has high potentials to utilize wastelands widely available in the region and an ideal crop for diversification. Moreover, it can make sizeable contribution to GDP with a small area.
Over the past, there has been a steady increase in area and production of pomegranate in the country. In 2014-15, it is cultivated over 1.81lakh ha with a production of 17.89lakh tones and productivity of 9.88 ton/ha. It is proposed that by the year 2025, the area under pomegranate is projected to increase to 7.5 lakhs ha, from 1.20 lakhs ha at present. Consequently production is expected to increase by 10 folds and export by 6.97 folds by the year 2025.
To achieve these targets coordinated and sustained efforts are required by all concerned with pomegranate research and development. We have to orient our research programmes to develop sustainable technologies by making best use of the opportunities to meet the increasing demands and challenges. Potential areas for pomegranate cultivation will have to be identified and non traditional areas will be explored for its cultivation. Though pomegranate can tolerate water stress, it responds well to irrigation and fertigation. Developing hi-tech micro-irrigation systems for water management will therefore be a priority. Desirable traits need to be introduced in existing commercial varieties through hybridization and transgenic lines need to be developed through biotechnology. Rapid multiplication of desired propagating material will be achieved through tissue culture technology. Bacterial blight (Telya) and wilt in pomegranate are the major challenges faced by the pomegranate growers over the past few years and post a severe threat to production and productivity of this commercially important crop. Action plan is being formulated by the ICAR-NRCP for both short term as well as long term solution of this problem through a systematic coordinated research effort. A flagship research programme on this vital issue involving all the stakeholders’ viz., Pomegranate Grower’s Association, representatives from industries, scientific and technical personnel.
The centre presents its perspective plan through Vision 2050. It presents the basic framework of research and development proposed by the centre. The perspective plan emphasizes the methods of achieving the targets through scientific, profitable, ecofriendly and innovative technologies for cultivation, both in traditional as well as non traditional areas thereby, expanding pomegranate area and production. Post harvest processing and value addition will be given top priority. Expansion of export of fresh fruits and processed products will be achieved through organic farming and
managing pesticide residues in fruits, which have acceptance in international market.

I gratefully acknowledge the constant guidance / suggestions of Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary DARE and Director General (ICAR), Dr. N.K. Krishna Kumar, Deputy Director General (Hort.) and Dr. T. Janakiram, Assistant Director General (Hort.I), ICAR, New Delhi. Sincere thanks are due to all the scientists & other staff of this Centre for inputs given by them and their efforts in making the document.

WWeb Link: http://www.nrcpomegranate.org