About Us

Tapioca and Castor Research Station was established as 32nd research station of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University on 01.04.1998 at Yethapur Village, Attur Taluk of Salem District to meet the requirements of tapioca and castor growers. The Research Station is located on the Salem - Ulundurpet National Highway - NH 68 at 35th km from Salem. The co-ordinates of the station are 11º 35' N latitude, 78 º 29’ E longitudes and at an altitude of 282 meters above mean sea level. This station is located in the agro climatic region of North Western Zone of Tamil Nadu. The total extent of the farm is 9.57 ha.

Mandate

  1. To undertake  basic  strategic applied thrust areas of research in tapioca and castor
  2. To act as a lead centre for scientific information and to co-ordinate farmers problem solving issues in tapioca and castor
  3. To introduce new technologies for increasing the productivity of tapioca and castor
  4. To act as a centre for training the farmers and extension functionaries and 
  5. To provide consultancy service on crop management and crop protection in tapioca and castor
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Objectives

  1. Genetic improvement of tapioca  and castor  for hybrid  vigour, productivity, quality, earliness, drought  tolerance, resistance  to pests and  diseases, high oil and starch content
  2. Development of new agro - techniques  for higher  productivity  and to solve  the field  problems
  3. Studies on different  physiological, bio-chemical  and economic aspects
  4. Development of post-harvest  technology , value added products and bio-fuels
  5. Survey, monitoring and management of major pests and diseases.
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Infrastructure

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The Tapioca and Castor Research Station,Yethapur has well equipped infrastructure facilities for meeting the mandates of the centre. Salient features of such facilities are furnished below.
Administrative Building

  • It houses TCRS office to look after establishment, accounts, purchase, with respect to research and development training and extension activities.
  • The training hall has all modern audio visual equipments which can accommodate 100 participants.

TCRS Farm

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  • The TCRS, Yethapur has a 9.57 hectare farm to demonstrate the latest technologies in Tapioca and Castor Crop Cafetaria, Germplasm, experimental trails, Drudgery and labour saving implements supplied by the University are demonstrated in the farm. 

Soil & Plant testing Lab

  • A well-equipped soil and plant testing laboratory is available in the TCRS.

Shade Net Nursery

  • To Stress the necessity of uniform vigorous seedlings for higher productivity of vegetables, trainings on nursery techniques are imparted to the farmers. A model shade net nursery is available which is used for giving hands-on training to the farmers using portrays under protected cultivation.

Library

  • TCRS Yethapur has well equipped library with related journals, newsletters, technical bulletins and research publications to enrich the knowledge of the farmers in the field of agriculture. The CDs of modern technologies on various aspects are also available in the library.

Guest Room

  • A Guest Room with a capacity to accommodate two persons is available in our TCRS. 

Staff Quarters

  • Two numbers of Staff quarters are available in the campus for housing the technical Team.
  • The Tapioca and Castor Research Station,Yethapur has well equipped infrastructure facilities for meeting the mandates of the centre. Salient features of such facilities are furnished below.

Administrative Building

  • It houses TCRS office to look after establishment, accounts, purchase, with respect to research and development training and extension activities.
  • The training hall has all modern audio visual equipments which can accommodate 100 participants.

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