Workshop to begin on September 29
The 31st annual workshop of the All India Coordinated Research Project on Spices (AICRPS) under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) will begin at the ICAR-Indian Institute of Spices Research on September 29. The two day national workshop will witness the participation of scientists working on various spice crops covering 14 agro climatic zones in 25 states of the country.
The workshop, to be conducted through a virtual platform will review all research projects related to spices. The two day workshop will review a number of enhanced spices varieties in the pipeline.
Dr. R Chandra Babu, vice chancellor of Kerala Agriculture University will inaugurate the workshop.
Dr. A K Singh, Deputy Director General of ICAR will deliver the presidential address. Experts from 38 centres under AICRPS with 19 regular centres, 11 co-opting centres and 8 voluntary centres will
participate in the national workshop. Research outcomes following research activities on 17 spice crops including black pepper, large
cardamom, small cardamom, ginger, turmeric, mango ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, coriander,cumin, fennel, fenugreek, ajwain, nigella, saffron and kalazeera will be discussed and reviewed at the workshop.
ICAR-AICRP, the largest spices research network in the country, has been instrumental in developing 176 crop wise technologies for varietal improvement, nutrient availability and plant health
management in various spice crops. AICRP also plays a vital role in doubling farmer income by coordinating research activities in spices at 14 agro climatic zones in 25 states of the country. In 2017, AICRPS had bagged the prestigious Chaudhary Devi Lal outstanding award for the best AICRP.
Dr.Vikramaditya Pandey, assistant director general of ICAR will be guest of honour at the inaugural session. Dr. Homey Cheriyan (Director, Directorate of Arecanut and Spices Development), Dr. Gopal Lal (Director, ICAR- National Research Centre on Seed Spices), Dr. K NirmalBabu (former project coordinator and director ICAR-IISR and AICRPS) will attend the inaugural session. The workshop will conclude on September 30.