The Central Potato Research Institute (CPRI) was established in 1949. Since its inception CPRI has grown rapidly. Manpower has increased by 4.5 fold during the period of I to X plan and the plan-budget by 163.3 folds during the period of II to X plan. Apart from the headquarters at Shimla, CPRI at present has 7 research stations including CPRI campus at Modipuram located between 11 and 32o N latitudes, 75 and 910 E longitudes, and 53–2501 m altitude, covering wide range of agro-climates in the country.
The All India Coordinated Research Project on Potato (AICRP, Potato) was established in 1970. It presently has 22 centres located in different agro-climatic zones of the country. Manpower and budget of AICRP (Potato) has increased by 1.5 folds during the period of IV to X plan and 22.8 folds during V to X plan, respectively. The primary mandate of CPRI is to undertake basic and strategic research aimed at the development of varieties and sustainable technologies for enhancing productivity and utilization of potato in the country. It also has the responsibility of producing disease-free basic seed to meet the country’s requirement.