“Tuber Crops Day” organized

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30 March 2022, New Delhi: The Regional Centre of ICAR-Central Tuber Crops Research Institute, Bhubaneswar, Odisha organized the “Tuber Day” under the Tribal Sub Plan Project at Tikabali, Kandhamal District, Odisha here today.

Mr. Prasant Kumar Satapathy, Chief District Agricultural Officer, Kandhamal marked his presence as the Chief Guest along with Dr. R.C. Ray, Principal Scientist (Retd.), Regional Centre of ICAR-CTCRI, Bhubaneswar; Mr. Mihir Samantaray, Deputy Director of Horticulture, Kandhamal and Dr. Subrat Kumar Behera, Chief Scientist, RRTTS, Odisha University of Agriculture & Technology, Kandhamal, Odisha as the Guests of Honor during the programme.

Mr. Anil Kumar Patnayak, Block Development Officer; Mr. Premananda Mohapatra, Secretary, ORRISSA (NGO) and Mr. Sujit Kumar Padhy, AAO, Tikabali also graced the occasion.

Earlier, Dr. K. Laxminarayana, Principal Scientist, Regional Centre of ICAR-CTCRI, Bhubaneswar delivered the welcome address.

Dr. M. Nedunchezhiyan, Principal Scientist & Principal Investigator (Tribal Sub Plan), Regional Centre of ICAR-CTCRI, Bhubaneswar highlighted adoption of 523 Tribal Farmers from Chhakapad, Phiringia & Tumidibandha Blocks of Kandhamal District; Kotagarh, Muniguda & Bissam Cuttack Blocks of Rayagada District and Similiguda & Pottangi Blocks of Koraput District of Odisha by the Regional Centre during the Year – 2021-22. The distribution of Sweet Potato 22,50,000 Vine Cuttings, Greater Yam 11,800 Kg, Elephant Foot Yam 4,500 Kg, Colocasia 700 Kg, Yam Bean 100 Kg, Cassava 6,000 Stems, Maize Seed 20 Kg, Red Gram 10 Kg and Vegetable Seed Kits 600 (Vegetable Kits containing Amaranthus, Okra, Chilli, Cowpea, French Bean, Tomato, Palak and Dolichos Seeds), etc., was underlined by Dr.  Nedunchezhiyan.

The Delegates outlined the importance of the Tuber Crops in the food and nutritional security & livelihood, and the methods of Tuber Crops Cultivation & value-addition, etc.

Around 52 Farmers exhibited their Tuber Crops Samples in the event.

About 500 Tribal Farmers participated in the event.

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