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Central Potato Research Institute

Specialised research institution


Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)-Central Potato Research Institute (CPRI) was established during August 1949 at Patna (Bihar, India) on the recommendation of the Agricultural Advisor to the Government of India, Sir Herbert Steward under the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India. The institute was later on, shifted to Shimla, Himachal Pradesh in 1956 in order to facilitate hybridisation work in potato breeding and maintain seed potato health. It was transferred to the ICAR in April 1966.

ICAR-CPRI is a non-profit scientific institution under the ICAR and working exclusively on potato crop.The institute has played a key role in popularising potato cultivation and utilisation under sub-tropical agro-ecosystem.It is well known that potato plays an important role in food and nutritional security of the world including India, while helping the rural poor to rise out of poverty.The institute focuses all its energy to make that belief becomes a reality.

  • Basic, strategic and applied research to enhance sustainable productivity, quality and utilisation of potato.
  • Repository of genetic resources and scientific information on potato.
  • Transfer of technology, capacity building and impact assessment of technologies.
  • Disease-free nucleus and breeder seed potato production.
  • Coordinate research and validation of technologies through AICRP on potato.

The institute has created state-of-art laboratories for conducting basic and strategic research in the field of biotechnology, genomics, genetics and plant breeding, plant protection, soil science and agronomy, plant physiology, biochemistry, and post-harvest technology. The major laboratories are National Active Germplasm Repository, Biotechnology and Molecular Biology Laboratory, Potato Genomics and Bio-informatics Laboratory, Cell Biology Laboratory, Diagnostic Laboratory, Electron Microscopy Laboratory, Virus Culture Facility, Radioisotope Laboratory, Soil and Plant Analysis Laboratory, Late Blight Screening Facility, Remote Sensing and GIS Laboratory, Tissue Culture Facility, Mini-processing Plant, Biochemical Analysis Laboratory, Aeroponic facilities, Controlled Temperature Storage Facility, and Mini-phytotron Facility etc.

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