ICAR-Directorate of Cashew Research

The seeds of a cashew research institute was first established as early as 1950 when ICAR allocated adhoc schemes for Research Centres located at Kottarakkara (Kerala), Ullal (Karnataka), Bapatla (Andhra Pradesh), Daregaon (Assam) and Vengurla (Maharashtra). 

Research on cashew was first initiated in the early 1950s. Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), sanctioned adhoc schemes for Research Centres located at Kottarakkara (Kerala), Ullal (Karnataka), Bapatla (Andhra Pradesh), Daregaon (Assam) and Vengurla (Maharashtra). In 1971, ICAR also sanctioned All India Coordinated Spices and Cashew Improvement Project (AICS and CIP) with its Headquarters located at CPCRI, Kasaragod. The CPCRI Regional Station, Vittal (Karnataka) was given the mandate to carry out research work on cashew while four Centres under Universities (Bapatla, Vridhachalam, Anakkayam and Vengurla) were assigned the research component on cashew under AICS and CIP. 

Based on the recommendations made by the Quinquennial Review Team (QRT) constituted by ICAR in 1982, working group on Agricultural Research and Education constituted by the Planning Commission for VII Plan Proposals and the Task Force on Horticulture constituted by ICAR resulted in the establishment of National Research Centre for Cashew at Puttur on 18 June, 1986 which was upgraded and renamed by ICAR in 2009 under XI Plan as ICAR-Directorate of Cashew Research (ICAR-DCR).

To promote overall growth through enhancement of production and productivity in cashew
  • To undertake strategic, basic and applied research for enhancing productivity, quality,
  • processing efficiency and value addition of cashew.
  • To serve as National Repository of genetic resources and scientific information on cashew.
  • To coordinate All India Coordinated Research Project on Cashew for addressing location and region specific problems.
  • To promote capacity building through transfer of technology and consultancy services to
  • stakeholders.

DCR Library

NRCC Library (presently DCR library) was established in 1988 to support cashew research in India
In 1988, the library which started from a small room of the dormitory of NRCC Experimental Station in 1990. has grown in size and services and moved to a separate building in 2006. The new library has been provided with facilities for adopting latest information storage & retrieval techniques.

ICAR-Directorate of Cashew Research
Post Darbe, Puttur-574202, D.K., Karnataka – 574202.

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