Director's Message

        The year 2016 is coming to an end. When we look back at the achievements, for Indian Institute of Spices Research, I would say that the year 2016 was fruitful. The most significant achievement during the year was the development and release of turmeric variety IISR Pragati, a short duration, high curcumin and high yielding variety during the AICRP on Spices workshop held at ICAR-NRCSS, Ajmer during 24-26 October 2016. This variety pays way for curcumin upgradation in most important turmeric growing states of Telengana, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. This will also provide increased returns. I am happy that our varieties are performing very well and there is a great demand for our varieties. During 2016, we have licensed our black pepper varieties IISR Thevam, and IISR Girimunda to Mr Girish Hegde from Karnataka, IISR Thevam to Mr Martin Manual from Kerala, turmeric variety IISR Alleppey Supreme and ginger variety IISR Varada to Centre for Overall Development, Thamarassery, Kerala. Another important achievement is the signing of MoU for our biocapsule technology with M/S Codagu Agritech Pvt Ltd. It is an unique technology which delivers biocontrol agents in capsules, thus making its handling and application very easy. Its subsequent launch at our Regional Station Appangala (Madikeri) by Hon’ble MP Mr Pratap Simha created lot of interest and enthusiasm among black pepper growers. Our micronutrient mixtures is a great success and the demand is very huge IISR BPD unit is functioning very well and is attracting many customers for licensing.

        The most memorable event during the year was the visit of Hon’ble Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Shri Radha Mohan Singh and Ministers of State for Agriculture Shri Sudarshan Bhagat and Shri Parshottam Rupala to ICAR-IISR. Their blessings and suggestions will go a long way in shaping our future programmes.

        Our Tribal sub plan programme is reaching out to farmers in Wayanad, Palakkad and north eastern states. During the year we have conducted training programmes on black pepper, ginger and turmeric cultivation exclusively for tribal farmers. We have also demonstrated our improved nursery practices and improved cultivation practices to them. Similarly we also conducted training programmes on black pepper, ginger and turmeric cultivation for Agriculture Department Officials and farmers from north eastern states.Still we have to go a long way in addressing the issues faced by spice growers. Sustainable cultivation of spices under climate adversity with very low rainfall and associated high temperature and high light is a major challenge. We have provided advisories to farmers for mitigation of drought both in electronic and print media. Biotic stresses are also a major threat to spices cultivation. We have developed a good lead in control of rhizome rot disease of ginger and we plan to demonstrate this technology in Kerala, Karnataka, Orissa and West Bengal in the next planting season. There is a great scope for mechanization and value addition in spices. Research programmes need to be fine tuned to address the specific issues faced by the growers and the industry. It is essential that entire spice community join hands to achieve the common goal of maintaining sustainability in production and quality with value addition.

     I wish all the readers a very happy, prosperous and successful New Year 2017
















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