Centenary celebrations of ICAR-CPCRI was launched on 12th  March 2016 at 11 AM at CPCRI, Kasaragod.  Dr. N.K. Krishnakumar, Deputy Director General (Horticultural Sciences), ICAR, New Delhi inaugurated the programme. Dr. P. Chowdappa, Director presided over the function and spoke on various programmes planned for the Centenary Celebrations of the Institute during the year. He informed that price fluctuations are common in these crops and have to be tackled through intercropping, which not only helps to sustain income but also for organic cultivation through recycling biomass. He felt that value addition is the essence of prosperity for the farmer. Though more than 80% of the produce is consumed by the internal market, neera and value added products are slowly picking up due to lack of publicity.  He said that there is increased effort to publicize the technologies developed by CPCRI on value addition and development of entreprises on products through technology transfer.

Dr. N.K. Krishna Kumar, DDG (H.S.) in his inaugural address, said that farmers problems are identical everywhere in India. Forming groups, joining hands with  private - public partnership ventures for marketing of this production probably using Maharashtra model, is advocated. Dr. Krishna Kumar told that Kerala is a model for many things, such is the CPCRI also. It is the Institute of International standards and encouraging the growers to maintain environmental safety and sustainability with lowest toxic input to the nature compared to many other crops. He told that coconut oil is one of the best oils and superior to most of the edible oils. He emphasized on the demand for tender coconut which is tremendous in the country, especiall in North India. He called for concerted efforts and research on marketing of packaged coconut soft drinks.

One hundred coconut seedlings belonging to 18 released varieties of CPCRI were planted by one hundred farmers in one minute to establish a “Centenary Coconut Park”, which was a unique feature of the launching of centenary celebrations. Dr. N.K. Krishna Kumar, DDG (H.S.) , Dr. P. Chowdappa, Director and former Directors of CPCRI, officials from developmental agencies joined hands in achieving this rapid task.

Books entitled "CPCRI - a century of service to the nation", "Empowering Stakeholders", comprising 100 planned programmes across the nation  and "Diseases of Field and Horticultural Crops" were released. A special chocolate “Kalpa Choco”, made out of coconut sugar, organic products “Kalpa Organic Gold” and “Kalpa Soil Care” also were released during the function. A “Centenary logo of CPCRI” and a painting by Shri P.S. Punichithaya on the “100 years journey of CPCRI”, were also unveiled during the occasion.

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