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).
National conference on “Sustainability of Coconut, Arecanut and Cocoa Farming- Technological Advances and Way Forward” was inaugurated at CPCRI, Kasaragod on 22 August 2014. Shri. T.K. Jose IAS, Chairman, Coconut Development Board, Kochi inaugurated the conference.
Coconut, a perennial multipurpose crop, is being cultivated by small and marginal farmers in the state. Rhinoceros beetle (oryctes rhinoceros), popularly known as the black beetle is the major pest of coconut in all coconut growing states. This pest affects seedlings, juveniles and adult bearing palms. Severe infestation of young plants leads to reduction in growth, sometimes, even loss of such plants in the field. It can also induce considerable yield reduction by the damage inflicted in unopened bunches in bearing palms. The typical symptoms are the geometrical V shaped cuttings in opened coconut fronds. In some cases toppling of spindle leaves also can be noticed. Read More
Central Plantation Crops Research Institute ( CPCRI ) has developed a simple farmer friendly technology to extract farm fresh, hygienic, ready to serve Kalparasa ( Neera).Read more