The 25th Institute Foundation Day programmes of ICAR-Indian Institute of Spices Research, Kozhikode were celebrated on 1 July 2020. The day-long celebrations were inaugurated by Dr. A. K. Singh, Deputy Director General (Hort. Sci.), ICAR, New Delhi. Dr. R. Ramakumar, Professor, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and Member, Kerala State Planning Board, delivered a lecture on global and Indian challenges in agriculture sector in the post covid scenario. Dr Santhosh J. Eapen, Director, ICAR-IISR presided over the meeting. Dr. R. Dinesh, Head of Office, welcomed the gathering and Dr. T.E. Sheeja, Principal Scientist, thanked the audience.
Adv. V S Sunil Kumar, Hon’ble Minister for Agriculture, Govt. of Kerala, who was the chief guest in the afternoon session, inaugurated two new facilities at the institute headquarters, Spice Processing Facility and Pesticide Residue Analytical Laboratory. Mr. K.V. Noushad, Agricultural Officer explained about the 'Subiksha Keralam' project of Kerala Government. Dr. C.K. Thankamani, Head, Crop Production & PHT welcomed the guests and Dr. K. Anees, Scientist, proposed the vote of thanks.
As part of the foundation day celebrations, IISR in collaboration with Indian Society for Spices distributed television sets for enabling online school education programmes at Kattippara and Chakkittappara villages. Institute also distributed spice flavoured hand sanitizers, pedal operated hand sanitizer dispensers and facial masks to KSRTC Depot, Kozhikode. Five farmers were honoured for their significant contributions to the spice sector through innovative and scientific cultivation practices adopted in spice farming.
The Institute also honoured its staff members from various categories for excellence in service. Several publications including annual report and extension pamphlets on spice cultivation were released on the day. More than 200 participants including former directors and employees joined the event organized on Cisco Webex virtual platform.