Last Updated:23rd June,2022  

Regional Station,Minicoy Island

Scientist I/c
Dr. Ajina.S.M
Establishment of Mini Incubator at Baratang by CIARI

About ICAR-CIARI Regional Station at Minicoy
The ICAR-CIARI Regional station at Minicoy Islands, UT of Lakshadweep, previously known as “ICAR Research complex for Lakshadweep” was established in 1976, New Delhi. Consequently, after the formation of island zone, under the ICAR system, the station was merged with the Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI), Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands in 1989. Later the station was under Central Plantation Crops Research Institute (CPCRI) in 1994 and again brought under the administrative control of ICAR- Central Island Agricultural Research Institute (CIARI) since 1st April 2017.
Minicoy, locally known as Maliku is second largest island in Lakshadweep, India. Along with Viringili, it is on Maliku atoll, the southernmost island of Lakshadweep archipelago. The island is situated 425 km west of Vizhinjam Port (Thiruvananthapuramthe capital city of Kerala) and at a distance of about 400 km from Kochi (8°17’ North 73° 04’ East). It is connected by ship from Kochi and normally takes about 14-18 hours in a direct voyage. Originally it was a part of a Maldivian group of islands and still continues to share their language and culture.
The people of Minicoy are linguistically and culturally diverse from the rest of the islands in Lakshadweep and speak Mahal, a dialect of Dhivehi the language of Maldives and most of the people knows Hindi, Malayalam and Tamil languages. Agriculture-coconut plantation, livestock and marine capture fisheriesare the principle pillars supporting the livelihood in all the islands of Lakshadweep. Value added products like coconut vinegar and coconut jaggery from “neera” (sap extracted from coconut spathe) which creates an additional revenue generation from coconut plantation. Tuna pole and line fishing and masmin (a smoke dried fish product) production are the major activities associated with the fishing.
The regional station is located at South Bandaram 1.5 km from the passenger jetty on the main road side towards the Minicoy lighthouse. The station has an experimental farm at main campus, field laboratory and residential quarters in another three campuses nearby occupying a total area of 6.062 ha.

Mandate of the Station:
To provide a research base to improve the productivity of agri-horticulture, livestock and fisheries through basic applied and adaptive research.
Conservation, characterization and sustainable utilization of fisheries and other natural resources of Lakshadweep
To standardize sustainable techniques forharvest, post-harvest and value addition of agriculture and allied sectors.
Transfer of technology, capacity building, policy support and market intelligence to stakeholders.
Land use pattern in blocks at station
Lakshadweep ordinary + Fruits and vegetables as intercrop
Germplasm block (12 accession) + Lakshadweep ordinary+ Cucurbits
Lakshadweep ordinary +Lakshadweep micro + LCOD + Animal component.
Lakshadweep ordinary + vegetables plot
Hybrid palm + fruit crops
Lakshadweep ordinary + Banana plot+ nursery plot.
Naturally crossed hybrids + hybrid palms + vegetable plots + fodder plot
LCOD + Tuber crops(Plots located in residential campus)
Extension activities:
Technologies developed by the centre have been transferred to the stakeholders and depicted at various fora and melas. Demonstration technique of promising practices have been established at the centers farm. Exhibition and scientific interaction are regularly organized to facilitate farmer scientist interaction.
Facilities available:
Experimental farm 5.02 ha
World coconut germplasm block with 12 accessions of both local and exotic origin.
Demonstration of mini-incubator facility
Demonstration of duckery, turkey, goatery and cattle units
Laboratory cum administrative building


For Regional Station
Scientist in Charge
ICAR-CIARI, Regional Station,
Light House Road
Minicoy Island
PIN: 682559
Phone and Fax: 04892-222228
Mobile: 8108986153
For Head Quarter

Dr. Eaknath B. Chakurkar
Director, ICAR-CIARI
Bathubasti, Garacharma P.O Port Blair -744 105
Andaman & Nicobar Islands
Phone No: 03192- 250341/ 250436 (O)
Email :

Dr S.K.Zamir Ahmed
Principal Scientist & Nodal Officer
Bathubasti, Garacharma P.O Port Blair -744 105
Andaman & Nicobar Islands
Mobile No: 9434262869
Email :
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