Research and Other Institutes

Central Plantation Crops Research Institute, Kasaragod (CPCRI)

The Coconut Research Station was established in 1916. It was then changed as Central Plantation Crops Research Institute and put under Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) in 1970.

The main aim of the institute includes

  • To develop suitable production, protection and processing technologies for coconut, arecanut and cocoa through some research.
  • To produce parental lines and breeders’ stock.
  • To develop improved palm based farming systems by the usage of natural resources for increasing the productivity and income.
  • To collect information on the main crops to all concerned.
  • To co-ordinate and execute the research programmes on the mandate crops.
  • To provide the technologies developed at CPCRI to the farmers.

4 new varieties of coconut trees namely ‘Kalpa Prathibha’, ‘Kalpadenu’, Kalpa Mithra’ and ‘Kalpa Raksha’ has been developed.


Tel: +91 4994 2328945

Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute (TBGRI)

Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute is an institute established by the Kerala Government in 1979. The main aims of this organization include performing botanical, horticultural and chemical research for the improvement and growth of plants. To introduce, cultivate and culture the plants grown in India or other countries with similar climatic condition for the economic benefit of the country. Another objective is to promote and to establish modern research and development studies based on various plants.

One of the major achievement of TBGRI is that it has the largest collections of trees and woody lianas, medicinal, aromatic and spice plants, orchids, bamboos, rare and threatened plants, ferns and fern allies, palms, cycads and specialized groups like Zingibers.


Tel: +91 472 2869246, 2869226-626

Indian Institute of Spices Research, Kozhikode

The Regional Station of CPCRI at Kozhikode and Cardamom Research Centre at Karnataka was combined together to form the National Research Centre for Spices in 1986. Later this was upgraded to Indian Institute of Spices research in 1995. The main aim of this institute is to develop very high yielding and superb quality spice varieties in large quantities. As well as to use good protection systems by the usage of traditional and nontraditional techniques and novel biotechnology approaches.

Rubber Research Institute

Established in 1955, RRI is a member of the International Rubber Research and Development Board (IRRDB).


Tel: +91 481 2571231

Central Tuber Crops Research Institute

The Institute started functioning as a research institute under ECAR in July 1963 with its head quarters at Sreekariyam, near Thiruvananthapuram. It has one regional centre at Bhubaneswar. The institute acts as a national warehouse of scientific information on tuber crops. They introduce new technologies by using basic, strategic and applied research in order to enhance the productivity and cultivation of tuber crops (other than potato)


Tel: +91 471 2598551