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The Coconut Research Station at Kasaragod in Kerala was initially established in 1916 by the then Government of Madras and subsequently it was taken over by the Indian Central Coconut Committee in 1948. Central Plantation Crops Research Institute (CPCRI) was established in 1970 as one of the agricultural research institutes in the National Agricultural Research System (NARS) under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).

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On the occasion of swachha Bharath Mission Dr.P.Chowdappa, Dirctor,ICAR-CPCRI administered ‘Swachhata Shapath to officials of the Institute  at CPCRI ,Kasargod. He highlighted the  ideas of Mahathma Gandhi  on  cleanliness and its  importance  in daily life.On this occasion he also recalled Gandiji’s  views  on Kalparasa/Neera and declared  it as ‘Neera Mission’ and its relevance to CPCRI.Read More

Dr. P. Chowdappa has joined as Director, ICAR - Central Plantation Crops Research Institute (ICAR-CPCRI), Kasaragod in the forenoon of 6th September, 2014. He is the ninth Director at CPCRI, who succeeds Dr. George V. Thomas, retired from service on 31-08-2014. Read More


Coconut, a perennial multipurpose crop, is being cultivated by small and marginal farmers in the state. Rhinoceros beetle (oryctes rhinoceros), popularly known as the black beetle is the major pest of coconut in all coconut growing states. This pest affects seedlings, juveniles and adult bearing palms. Severe infestation of young plants leads to reduction in growth, sometimes, even loss of such plants in the field. It can also induce considerable yield reduction by the damage inflicted in unopened bunches in bearing palms. The typical symptoms are the geometrical V shaped cuttings in opened coconut fronds. In some cases toppling of spindle leaves also can be noticed. Read More

Central Plantation Crops Research Institute ( CPCRI ) has developed a simple farmer friendly technology to extract farm fresh, hygienic, ready to serve Kalparasa ( Neera).Read more 

Dr. S. Ayyappan, Honourable Secretary, DARE & DG, ICAR, New Delhi inaugurated the Bioinoculant Laboratory Building of CPCRI, Kasaragod on Saturday the 8th March in the presence of Dr. N.K. Krishna Kumar, Honourable DDG (Horticulture). ICAR, New Delhi. This was followed by field visit where collection of coconut sap, ‘Kalparasa’ , by a unique method developed by CPCRI was demonstrated.