The Central Plantation Crops Research Institute (CPCRI) is a renowned research institute under Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India. The CPCRI plays a pioneering role in development of technologies for the mandate crops in agriculture in India through its research. It is also engaged in cutting edge areas of science and technology development and its scientists are internationally acknowledged in their fields. CPCRI hs six regional centers. KAyamkulam CPCRI is one among those centers.
This institution works on a broad vision, which includes
* To develop appropriate production, protection and processing technologies for coconut, arecanut and cocoa through basic and applied research.
o To act as a national repository for the genetic resources of these crops.
o To produce parental lines and breeders’ stock.
o To develop improved palm based cropping/farming systems through more effective use of natural resources to increase productivity and income from unit area.
o To collect, collate and disseminate information on the mandate crops to all concerned.
o To co-ordinate research on the mandate crops within the country and execute the research programmes under the All India Coordinated Research Project on Palms.
o To transfer technologies developed at CPCRI to the farmers through the co-operation of developmental departments