National Research Centre for Cashew, Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka

The National Research Centre for Cashew was established at Puttur in Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka in 1986, by Indian council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). The Quinquennial Review Team (QRT) appointed by ICAR after reviewing the work (1975-83) of Central Plantation Crops Research Institute (CPCRI), Kasaragod recommended delinking research on spices and cashew from CPCRI. 


  • To conduct mission-oriented research on all aspects of cashew for improving productivity and quality with special reference to export.
  • To serve as a national repository for cashew germplasm and a clearing house for research information on cashew.
  • To act as a centre for training in research methodologies and technology updating of cashew and to coordinate national research projects.

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  • It has the largest germplasm collection of cashew in the country (National Cashew Field Gene Bank) with 509 accessions. A total of 433 cashew accessions have been assigned with National Collection numbers. The conservation block of gene bank has been established with 320 evaluated accessions by planting four plants of each accession.
  • It has released two selections, namely, NRCC Sel-1 , NRCC Sel-2 and Bhaskara, which are high yielding and medium nut types for cultivation in Karnataka.
  • Regeneration of cashew from the seedling explants (nodal cultures) has been standardized.
  • Micrografting technique for in vitro multiplication of cashew has been standardized and cashew plants raised by micro grafting have been potted.

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National Research Centre for Cashew

(Indian Council of Agricultural Research)

Darbe P.O., Puttur- 574 202,

Dakshina Kannada,

Karnataka State,


Phone : 0091- 8251 �  231530 

Fax :  0091 � 8251 - 234350

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