ICAR-Indian Institute of Spices Research, Chelavoor has been selected as the Best Centre of All India Network Programme on Organic Farming (AI-NPOF) under ICAR for the year 2020. The organic friendly initiatives introduced by a multidisciplinary team led by Dr.C K Thankamani, Principal Investigator won the award by introducing organic packages, integrated farming model and by setting up organic turmeric farm for demonstration. Other members of the award winning team are Dr. V Srinivasan, Dr. S Shanmughavel, Dr. R Praveena and Dr. S Sarathambal.
The network project on Organic Farming developed by ICAR- Indian Institute of Farming Systems Research focuses on promoting organic cultivation of crops with the help of research institutes. ICAR-IISR has been part of the Network Project on Organic Farming from 2012