- CNM City Reporter
The emerging farming scenario in the wake of the pandemic has enhanced the social and scientific relevance of institutes like ICAR IISR, said Dr.Beena Philip, Mayor, Kozhikode.She was speaking on the occasion of the foundation day programme at ICAR Indian Institute of Spices Research.
The spice economy is important for the farming sector of the state as well as the country. Our ability to maintain and enhance spice production need to be anchored on improved cultivation practices and research advances, she added. Mayor also expressed the willingness of Kozhikode Corporation to cooperate with IISR in the envisaged ‘spice street’programme.
The programme was presided by Dr. A K Singh, Deputy Director General,ICAR, New Delhi. He said that the spice sector has witnessed significant changes in the recent past and the country is poised to make significant gains in the production and trade of spices in the coming years. The foundation day lecture was delivered by Dr.Athulya G Ashokan, Associate Professor, Pushpagiri Institute of Medical Sciences on the topic “Management of Post covid syndrome”.
The institute launched the e-commerce platform for the sale of good quality spices from verified sources and products from incubatee entrepreneurs associated with the institute. In an new initiative aimed at supporting women entrepreneurs, the institute has entered into an agreement with the Kozhikode district Kudumbasree mission to provide support for development and marketing of value added products, production of quality planting materials and delivery training services. The institute also executed two technology commercialization agreements for the turmeric variety IISR Aleppey Supreme and black pepper micronutrient mixture. Marking the occasion, the institute conferred spice excellence awards for significant contribution to the spices sector. Kanthraj. K M, Kodagu district Karnataka and Rajesh E M from Kozhikode were the farmers honoured with the awards for their achievements in spice production. M/s R L Innovative Agri Pvt Ltd, an agri-startup company was also honoured with the award.The staff recreation club of the institute donated ten mobiles and tablets to support online education of students from under-privileged sections of the society as part of its outreach activities.
The institute released five extension folders and three technical bulletins on various aspects of spice cultivation to mark the foundation day. Dr J Rema, Director, ICAR IISR welcomed the gathering. Dr. Vikramadithya Pandey, Assistant Director General, ICAR offered felicitations. More than 200 participants including former directors of the institute, staff members, farmers and representatives from various institutions took part in the online event.
The premier spices research institute in the country, ICAR Indian Institute of Spices Research
started as a regional station of Central Plantation Crop Research Institute (CPCRI) during
1975. In 1986, the regional station was upgraded as National Research Centre on Spices
(NRCS). The NRCS was further elevated to the present Indian Institute of Spices Research in
July 1995. The experimental farm of the institute is located at Peruvannamuzhi. The institute
also has a regional station located at Madikeri in Coorg district of Karnataka. The
KrishiVigyan Kendra of Kozhikode district, located at Peruvannamuzhi is also under the
administrative control of the institute. The institute is a constituent of Indian Council of
Agricultural Research under the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, government of