• The ICAR-AICRP, a landmark in the history of agricultural research, was extended to fruit crops by the ICAR during the Fourth Five Year plan (1969–74) on July 31, 1971.
  • This project was initially named the All India Coordinated Fruit Improvement Project (AICFIP) to work on Citrus, banana, papaya and pineapple as Cell-I and on mango, guava and grape as Cell-II. Later AICFIP was renamed AICRP; Cell-I was referred to as AICRP on Tropical Fruits at ICAR-IIHR, Bengaluru; and Cell-II became AICRP on Sub-Tropical Fruits at ICAR-CISH, Lucknow.
  • In 2013, a merger of these two coordinated projects formed the ICAR-AICRP on Fruits. Accordingly, the project is operational at 45 centres (at present, there are 28 SAU-based centres, 13 ICAR-Institute-based centres, 2 CAU-based centres and 1 each at a private centre in Pune and under the Government of Arunachal Pradesh). Among these, 20 centres are working on mango, 15 on guava, 11 each on banana and Citrus, 9 each on grapes and papaya, 6 each on jackfruit and litchi and 5 on sapota.

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