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Training Organized under TSP in Nandurbar

A two-days training on “Commercial cultivation of onion and garlic” was organized from 3-4th January, 2017 in tribal belts of Nandurbar under TSP scheme in collaboration with KVK, Nandurbar at fields of Kisan Harit Kranti Utpaadak Gat, Savarat; and Navyuvak Shetakri Mandal, Nimbhoni. A total of 155 farmers participated in the programme from different parts of Nandurbar. The farmers were trained for cultivation of onion and garlic through technologies developed by ICAR-DOGR. Dr. A.J. Gupta, Principal Scientist (Hort.) & Nodal Officer (TSP) coordinated the training programme and highlighted TSP activities in Nandurbar. Shri M.S. Panhale, PD (ATMA), Shri P.S. Late, Dy PD (ATMA) and Mr. R.M. Patil, SMS (Hort.), KVK, Nandurbar also present in the programme. Dr. Gupta delivered lectures on commercial cultivation of onion and quality seed production of onion and garlic, whereas Mr. Patil delivered lecture on nursery management in onion. Out of 41 demonstrations during rabi 2016-17, thirty are on bulb production of onion varieties Bhima Kiran and Bhima Shakti; ten on seed production of onion varieties Bhima Shakti, Bhima Super and Bhima Red; and one demonstration on garlic production of Bhima Purple. It is observed that all the demonstrations have been conducted as per ICAR-DOGR technologies by the selected farmers.

 

 

 

ICAR-DOGR celebrated World Soil Day

'World Soil Day' was celebrated on December 5, 2016 at ICAR-DOGR, Rajgurunagar. Dr. Vijay Mahajan, Director, ICAR-DOGR in his welcome address briefed about importance of soil testing and soil health card. He also stressed on soil test based balanced fertilizer application for higher crop production. Dr. S. S. Gadge, explained the recently developed technologies of onion and garlic to the farmers. Dr. A. Thangasamy, Scientist (Soil Science), ICAR-DOGR, delivered a lecture on 'Balanced fertilization for sustainable crop production and soil health'. The chief guest, Mr. Bapusaheb Thigale, City President, Rajgurunagar Parishad emphasized the importance of soil health and requested to conduct such meetings to create awareness among the farmers about soil test based fertilizer application. Sixty–five farmers including women attended the programme. The soil health cards were distributed to the farmers by Chief Guest.

 

ICAR-DOGR Celebrates Agriculture Education Day

ICAR- Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research, Pune celebrated Agriculture Education Day on 3rd December, 2016 at Mahatma Gandhi High School and Junior College, Rajgurunagar for promoting the spirit of agriculture and allied subjects among the students. The day was marked with the participation of more than 50 students of Class XI and X from the Mahatma Gandhi High School and Junior College, along with their teachers and management representatives.  Dr. Vijay Mahajan, Director, ICAR-DOGR, Rajgurunagar in his welcome remarks told the students about the spirit behind celebrating Agricultural Education Day. He emphasized the importance of research, education and extension in various spheres of agricultural sciences and motivated the students to put their best efforts in shaping their career in the field of agriculture. He expressed happiness about the enthusiasm with which students participated in the celebrations of the agricultural education day. Dr. S. S. Gadge, Senior Scientist, ICAR-DOGR appraised students about the importance of agriculture, organizational set up of ICAR and its role in research, education and development activities. Dr. S. Anandhan, Senior Scientist, ICAR-DOGR organized the other activities like inspirational talks, a quiz competition. The program was followed by prizes distribution to the successful students. Shri. S.S. Jadhav, Principal of School expressed happiness about the active role of the ICAR-DOGR for providing knowledge of current agriculture education system in the country through Agricultural Education Day and expressed his satisfaction for the keen interests of the council to shape the future of students particularly in the field of agriculture during the day long celebration of event at this school. He thanked the ICAR-DOGR for organizing such informative and inspirational event.

ICAR-DOGR organized Kisan Sanghosti at Khairewadi village

Kisan Sanghosti to emphasize the importance of Integrated Pest Management Strategies for  onion insect pest and disease management was organized at Khairewadi village of Pune district on 30-11-2016. The meeting was organised by ICAR-DOGR in collaboration with ICAR-NCIPM, New Delhi under the project: Formulation, Validation and Promotion of Adaptable IPM Technology for Bulb (Onion). Fifty onion growers including women of Khairewadi village, representatives of local run NGO, Harita attended the Sanghosti. During this meeting Dr. V. Mahajan (Director, ICAR-DOGR) briefed the importance, benefit, approaches and available technological of IPM in onion cultivation. Dr. HR Sardana, Pr. Scientist (ICAR-NCIPM) has elaborated the important eco-friendly approaches as well as ETL based use of reduce risk insecticides for onion thrips management. Dr. S.J. Gawande, Senior Scientist (ICAR-DOGR) explained in details of onion disease and DOGR developed technologies for onion pests and disease. Dr. Narayan Bhat, Principal Scientist (ICAR-NCIPM) and Dr V. Karuppaiah Scientist (ICAR-DOGR) also interacted with the farmers during the meeting.

ICAR – DOGR Celebrated Communal Harmony Week

ICAR – DOGR Celebrated the Communal Harmony Week During 19 to 25 November 2016 DOGR also celebrated flag day on 25 November 2016. All staffs contributed for the National foundation for communal harmony programme. Acting Director  Dr. Vijay Mahajan ICAR –DOGR inaugurated the function and inspired about communal Harmony to the staff. The programme was ended with the vote of thanks.

 

Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary, DARE & DG, ICAR visited DOGR

Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary, DARE & Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research visited this Directorate on 21-22nd October 2016 and monitored the activities of the Directorate.  He also had discussion with the scientists & the staff and felicitated Dr. Jai Gopal, Director, ICAR-DOGR on the occasion of his retirement due on 31st October 2016.  He appreciated the work and achievements of this Directorate and gave valuable suggestions for further improvement.  DOGR staff thanks the DG for his whole hearted support to this Directorate and the valuable time spared by him for this visit.

Training organized under TSP in Nandurbar

ICAR-DOGR, Rajgurunagar organized three one-day training programmes on “Commercial cultivation of onion and garlic” under the TSP scheme in collaboration with KVK, Nandurbar on 4-6 October 2016. About 250 tribal farmers from various villages of Nandurbar attended the programme. These were organized for one day each at Harit Kranti Kisan Gat, Saurat; KVK, Nandurbar; and Jai Siyaram Setkari Gat, Kairve. Dr. A. J. Gupta, Nodal Officer (TSP) apprised the trainees about DOGR varieties and their performance in Nandurbar. Mr. R.M. Patil, SMS (Hort.) explained the raising of healthy onion seedlings. Mr. A.R. Wakhare trained farmers on quality seed production of onion. On 5th October 2016, Vegetable Grower Meet was organized by the KVK, Nandurbar for the TSP and other farmers.  Dr. A. J. Gupta delivered lecture on improved varieties of onion and garlic as well as impact of TSP in Nandurbar.

Unique multiplier onion genetic stock ‘DOGR-1549-Agg’ registered with ICAR-NBPGR

Amar Jeet Gupta, V. Mahajan, S. Anandhan and Jai Gopal

Multiplier onion (Allium cepa var. aggregatum) is mainly grown in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. It is famous for its use in Sambar preparation, an important South Indian dish and have high export potential also.  It produces small size bulbs, many in number, to form an aggregated cluster. It is normally propagated by bulblets. There are no early maturing multiplier onion varieties which could be suitable for both kharif and rabi. Hence, there is need to develop early maturing varieties in multiplier onion. The work in this direction led to development of an early maturing multiplier line DOGR-1549-Agg. This has been registered with ICAR-NBPGR, New Delhi. It has been provided the national identity, IC-0616539 and Registration No. INGR16006 vide approval of the Plant Germplasm Registration Committee (PGRC) of ICAR. ‘DOGR-1549-Agg’ is the first multiplier onion genotype registered with ICAR-NBPGR as an unique genetic stock. It is about one week earlier than popular variety CO-5 and is suitable for both rabi and kharif.  It has six uniform pink bulblets per bulb.

DOGR wins Five medals in Sports Tournament

The sports team of ICAR-DOGR participated in ICAR West Zone Sports Tournament 2016 at ICAR-National Research Centre on Camel during 24-27 September 2016. The team took part in badminton, table tennis, carom, chess and athletic events. Dr. P. S. Soumia won gold medal in women’s badminton single, silver medal in discus throw and bronze medal in short put. Dr. Pranjali Ghodke won bronze medal in discus throw. In women’s badminton doubles also, Dr. Soumia and Dr. Pranjali won silver medal. ICAR-DOGR congratulates them for keeping ICAR-DOGR flag high.

राजभाषा हिन्दी सप्ताह समारोह

भाकृअनुपप्याज एवं लहसुन अनुसंधान निदेशालय में दिनांक 8-14 सितम्बर, 2016 के दौरान हिन्दी सप्ताह  मनाया गया। सचिव राजभाषा द्वारा गतवर्ष हिन्दी में किए गए कार्यों और भविष्य में हिन्दी भाषा के प्रयोग पर विस्तृत चर्चा की गई। हिन्दी सप्ताह के दौरान निदेशालय के कर्मिकों के लिए विभिन्न प्रतियोगिताओं का आयोजन किया गया, जिनमें सभी वर्गों ने बढ़-चढ़कर भाग लिया। हिन्दी सप्ताह के समापन समारोह में मुख्य अतिथि श्री मितेश घट्टे, पुलिस उपाधीक्षक खेड तालुक तथा विशिष्ट अतिथि श्री संजय भारद्वाज, अध्यक्ष (हिन्दी अंदोलन परिवार) एवं निदेशालय के निदेशक डा. जय गोपाल ने कार्यक्रम की शोभा बढ़ाई। इस अवसर पर निदेशक महोदय ने निदेशालय में हिन्दी में की गई प्रगति एवं हिन्दी को बढ़ावा देने के लिए किए जा रहे प्रयासों पर प्रकाश डाला और निदेशालय की मुख्य उपलब्धियों का संक्षिप्त वर्णन दिया। निदेशालय से प्रकाशित हिन्दी राजभाषा पत्रिका कन्दिका के तृतीय अंक का विमोचन भी किया गया। इस समारोह में विभिन्न प्रतियोगिताओं में भाग लेने वाले सफल प्रतिभागियों को पुरस्कार प्रदान किए गए। तत्पश्चात श्री संजय भारद्वाज ने हिन्दी भाषा के प्रयोग, विश्व में हिन्दी का स्तर एवं उपलब्धियों से लोगों को अवगत कराया। ‍ श्री मितेश घट्टे ने अपने संभाषण में भरतीय संस्कृति और भाषा को बढ़ाने पर जोर दिया। डा. अमर जीत गुप्ता द्वारा धन्यवाद प्रस्ताव के साथ कार्यक्रम का समापन किया गया।

   

The ICAR-DOGR Logo gets Trade Mark

ICAR-DOGR logo has been registered as Trade Mark.  The logo symbolizes ‘onion and garlic’.  The large petal in red color represents ‘onion’ and small petal represents ‘garlic’.  The bottom arch indicates earth and the green color of the arch indicates the Agriculture.  Green background with text प्‍या ल अनु नि represents the name of the institute in Hindi ‘प्‍याज एवं लहसुन अनुसंधान निदेशालय.  DOGR is acronym for ‘Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research’.  Following registration, now ICAR-DOGR has the exclusive right on use of this logo as trade mark.  

ICAR-DOGR CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY

The International Yoga Day was organized at ICAR-Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research, Rajgurunagar, Pune on 21st June 2016, in which all staff members participated.  Yoga lesson was delivered by Shri Yashwant Bombale and Shri Ramdas Tambe, Yoga Instructors from Patanjali Yog Peeth.  After welcoming the guests, Director spoke briefly on importance of Yoga.  The message for this occasion from the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India was read by the Nodal Officer, Shri Ram Bombale.  This was followed by 45 minutes yoga practice in which various yoga asans were performed by the staff members under the supervision of the yoga instructors.  The progamme ended with vote of thanks. 

DOGR Celebrates Foundation Day

The 19th Foundation Day of ICAR-Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research, Rajgurunagar, Pune was celebrated on 16th June 2016.  Besides the present and past DOGR staff, it was attended by 55 farmers from different states of India.  Dr. T.A. More, Ex-VC, MPKV, Rahuri was the Chief Guest, Dr. P.G. Adsule, Ex-Director, NRC Grapes, Pune, Dr. P.S. Naik, Ex-Director, IIVR, Varanasi and Dr. S.K. Sharma, Head, IARI RS, Pune were the guests of honour.  PIs from seven centres of All India Network Research Project on Onion and Garlic and their representatives were also present on this occasion.  Dr. Jai Gopal, Director, ICAR-DOGR welcomed the guests and presented brief summary of the DOGR achievements and benefit it resulted in for the farming community.  The Chief Guest and guests of honour appreciated the work being done by the DOGR and congratulated the staff on this occasion.  Ten progressive farmers of onion and garlic from different parts of India were also felicitated on this occasion for their contribution to onion and garlic cultivation.  Samples of onion and garlic brought by the farmers were also displayed.  Recently created infrastructural facilities i.e. exhibition-cum-communication centre, Library, AKMU and Conference Room in the new building of DOGR were inaugurated by the chief guest and guests of honour.  A talk on improved cultivation practices for onion and garlic was delivered for the benefit of the farmers.  They were also shown the onion and garlic activities being carried out at DOGR.  The programme ended with the vote of thanks and national anthem.

TRAINING ORGANIZED UNDER TSP IN NANDURBAR

A two-days training on “Construction of low cost onion storage structure to improve bulb storability” was organized from 19-20th May, 2016 in tribal belts of Nandurbar under TSP scheme in collaboration with KVK, Nandurbar at fields of Saikrupa Shetkari Gat, Shravani; and Pragati Shetkari Purush Gat, Palsuun. A total of 145 farmers participated in the programme from different parts of Nandurbar. The farmers were trained for construction of low cost onion storage structure developed by ICAR-DOGR. The team of Dr. A.J. Gupta, Sr. Scientist (Hort.) & Nodal Officer (TSP), Dr.  A. R. Wakhare, Technical Officer and Mr. R.M. Patil, SMS (Hort.) who arranged the training, observed that almost all the demonstrations have been conducted successfully. Onion variety ‘Bhima Kiran’ produced 200 q per acre marketable bulb yield at the field of Merali Yaha Bachat Gat, Palipada. The farmers earned net income of Rs. 80,000/- per acre even when onion bulbs were sold at the rate of Rs. 6/- per kg.    

 

BHIMA LIGHT RED - A NEW ONION VARIETY RECOMMENDED

Onion variety DOGR-571-LR developed by ICAR-DOGR has been recommended for release in Annual Group Meeting of All India Network Research Project on Onion & Garlic held at Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh on 4-5 April, 2016.  It has been christened as ‘Bhima Light Red’.  It is recommended for cultivation in rabi season in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. It is a medium maturing (115 days after transplanting) variety having light red globe bulbs of about 70 g with thin neck and total soluble solids of 13%.  Its average yield in multilocation trials in the recommended zone was 385 q/ha.   Total weight losses after four months of storage was less than 25%. It is almost free of doubles and bolters.

Annual Workshop of Onion & Garlic (AINRPOG) organized at Kanpur

ICAR-Directorate of Onion & Garlic Research (DOGR), Rajgurunagar, Pune organized the VIth Annual Group meeting of All India Network Research Project on Onion and Garlic at Indian Institute of Pulse Research (IIPR), Kanpur in collaboration with Chandra Shekhar Azad University of Agriculture and Technology (CSAUAT), Kanpur on 4-5 April, 2016. The group meeting was attended by more than 80 delegates from various parts of the country. Farmers, students and other faculty members were also present.

The inaugural session was chaired by Dr. N. K. Krishna Kumar, DDG (HS), New Delhi. Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Dean, College of Agriculture, CSAUAT, Kanpur and Dr. N. P. Singh, Director, IIPR, Kanpur were guests of honour. Welcome address was given by Dr. H. G. Prakash, Director Research, CSAUAT, Kanpur. Dr. Jai Gopal, Director, ICAR-DOGR, presented the project report wherein he elaborated the achievements of AINRPOG and possibilities of increasing area and production of onion and garlic in India. Emphasis was laid on development of onion hybrids, virus free planting material of garlic and weed management studies. Dr. Vijay Mahajan, Nodal Officer presented action taken report. Dr. B. Singh, Director, IIVR, Varanasi, Dr. R.P. Gupta, Director, NHRDF, Nasik, Dr. Dip Jyoti Rajkhowa, Joint Director, ICAR Res. Comples, Nagaland, Dr. J.R. Yadav and Dr. J.P. Srivastava, Ex- Prof. & Head, Veg. Sci., CSAUAT, Kanpur chaired various sessions and gave valuable input for refining the technical programme. Recommendation were finalized in plenary session which was chaired by  Dr. T. Janaki Ram, ADG (HS), ICAR, New Delhi. Dr. S. L. Goswami, Vice-Chancellor, CSAUAT, Kanpur was the Chief Guest on this occasion.  

One light red onion variety DOGR-571 was recommended for rabi season for South Zone VI based on results of Dharwad, Chitradurga, Bangalore and Coimbatore. One long day garlic variety CITH-G-3 was recommended for temperate zone of the country based on results of Almora, Srinagar and Mukteshwar. Two production technologies one on use of micronutrients and other on salicylic acid were also recommended for increasing the productivity of onion in the country.

 

FIVE ONION AND ONE GARLIC VARIETIES NOTIFIED

Five varieties of onion & one variety of garlic of ICAR-DOGR have been notified vide Gazette Notification No. S.O.2277(E) (dated 20.8.2015) on the recommendation of Central Sub-Committee on Crop Standards, Notification and Release of Varieties for Horticultural Crops.

Name

Notified for

Salient features

 

Onion

   

Bhima Kiran

Rabi season: Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Delhi, Haryana, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh

Light red bulbs, maturity 125-135 days, average yield 28-32 t/ha, potential yield 45 t/ha, storability 5-6 months.

Bhima Red

Kharif season: Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu

Rabi season: Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra

Red bulbs, maturity 105-110 days in kharif and 110-120 days in rabi, average yield 26-28 t/ha in kharif and 30-32 t/ha in rabi with potential yield up to 40 t/ha, storability 30-45 days in kharif and 90 days in rabi.

Bhima Dark Red

Kharif season: Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Jammu, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu

Dark red bulbs, maturity 100-110 days in kharif, average yield 22-24 t/ha, potential yield 32 t/ha, storability 2 months in kharif.

Bhima Shubhra

Kharif season: Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu

First white onion variety for kharif season, maturity 110-115 DAT, average yield 18-20 t/ha, potential yield 29 t/ha. Suitable for late kharif also with average yield 36-42 t/ha, potential yield 56 t/ha, storability 30 to 45 days in kharif

Bhima Shweta

Kharif season: Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu

Rabi season: Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Delhi, Haryana, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh

White bulbs, maturity 110-120 days, average yield 18-20 t/ha in kharif and 26-30 t/ha in rabi, potential yield 40 t/ha, storability 3 months in rabi.

Garlic

   

Bhima Omkar

Rabi season: Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Delhi

White bulbs, maturity 120-135 days, average yield 10-12 t/ha, potential yield 14 t/ha, storability 6-8 months

THE ONION” – book released

A book – “THE ONION” edited by Drs. N.K. Krishnakumar,  Jai Gopal and V. A. Parthasarathy, has been released by Hon. Union Agriculture Minister, Shri. Radha Mohan Singh, on Sept. 22, 2015 in DAC-ICAR interface meeting. This publication from Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi contain 18 chapters covers all important aspect of onion research and development and written by experts in respective fields of onion. Hopefully, it would be a source of rich information for students and researchers and would be of great value for farmers and entrepreneurs alike.

  

 

 

A new white onion variety 'Bhima Safed' for Kharif

In the recently held Annual Group Meeting of All India Network Research Project on Onion & Garlic at Davengere, Karnataka on 6-7th February, 2015, white onion line developed by the Directorate of Onion & Garlic Research, Rajgurunagar has been recommended for release. This line ‘NRCWO-3’ has been christened as ‘Bhima Safed’. It is suitable for cultivation in Chhatisgarh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Rajasthan, and Tamil Nadu. This is a medium maturing (110-120 days) variety having white, round to oval bulbs of mainly 70-80 g. It has 11-12% TSS and is thus suitable both for table and processing. Its average yield in multilocational trials in the recommended zones was 185 q/ha. It has less than 5% doubles and bolters.

 

 

Onion variety “Bhima Red” licensed

Onion variety “Bhima Red” has been licensed by Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research (DOGR) to M/s. Safalmantra Agro Farms Private Limited (SAFPL), Navi Mumbai.A Memorandum of Understanding in this regard was signed by the Directorate with SAFPL on 12/11/2014.SAFPL is all women lead organization, in the business of producing and marketing sustainable agro-products.As per MoU, DOGR has extended a non-exclusive license to SAFPL for seed production and distribution of Bhima Red.Bhima Red is a high yielding onion variety recommended for cultivation in kharif season in Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamilnadu, in late kharif season in Gujarat, Karnataka and Maharashtra and for rabi in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.It matures in 105-110 days after transplanting in kharif season and in 110-120 days after transplanting in late kharif and rabi seasons. The MoU will promote the cultivation of this variety by ensuring the better availability of quality seed to the farmers. 


 

Organized Training under TSP in Nandurbar

            A three-days training from 8-10th March, 2016 on “Commercial cultivation of onion and garlic” was organized in tribal belt of Nandurbar under TSP scheme in collaboration with KVK, Nandurbar.

It was organized for one day each at fields of Shivshakti Shetkari Gat, Shravani; Jai Balaji Shetkari Gat, Kairve; and Merali Yaha Bachat Gat, Palipada. The resource persons were Dr. A.J. Gupta, Sr. Scientist (Hort.) & Nodal Officer (TSP Scheme); Dr. S.S. Gadge, Sr. Scientist (Extension); Mr. Rajendra Dahtonde, Incharge, KVK, Nandurbar; and Mr. R.M. Patil, SMS (Hort.). A total of 160 farmers participated in the programme from different parts of Nandurbar. The farmers were advised on improved technology of DOGR for commercial crop production of onion and garlic. A total of 24 demonstrations are being conducting in Navapur taluka of Nandurbar including 10 demonstrations on bulb production of onion variety Bhima Kiran, 4 demonstrations on garlic production of Bhima Purple and 10 demonstrations on seed production in onion varieties Bhima Kiran and Bhima Super. All trials were conducted on drip irrigation as per DOGR recommendations.

 

 

Organized Field Day in Tribal belts of Nandurbar under TSP

ICAR-DOGR organized a field day training on cultivation of onion and garlic on 14th December, 2015 at Deomogra Shetkari Bachat Gat, Sonpada, Nandurbar. About 75 farmers participated in this programme from different parts of Nandurbar. Dr. A. J. Gupta, Sr. Scientist and Nodal Officer (TSP) organized the programme and briefed about activities conducted under TSP and benefit gained by tribal farmers. He delivered lecture on cultivation of onion and garlic and emphasized farmers regarding adoption of advanced production technology for commercial crop. Mr. R. M. Patil spoke about impact of TSP which resulted in increase of onion and garlic cultivation in the tribal belt of Nandurbar. Mr. H.S. Gawali was associated in organizing programme. Twenty-four demonstrations were laid out as per DOGR recommendations at the fields of 200 selected tribal farmers which includes 10 demonstrations on onion seed production of Bhima Super and Bhima Kiran, 10 demonstrations on bulb production of Bhima Kiran and 4 demonstrations on garlic bulbs production of Bhima Purple during rabi 2015-16.

 
 

ICAR-DOGR celebrates World Soil Day

ICAR-DOGR celebrated World Soil Day on December 5, 2015. Soil Health Cards for 250 farmers selected under Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav programme were prepared. The cards were distributed to the farmers at function organized at KVK, Narayangaon for this purpose. Minister of State for Agriculture, Govt. of India Shri. Mohanbhai K. Kundaria presided over the function. Member of Parliament, Shirur, Shri. Shivajirao Adhalrao Patil, Member of Legislative Council Shri. Pasha Patel, Shri. Vikas Deshmukh, Commissioner of Agriculture, Govt. of Maharashtra, Dr. K. D. Kokate, Director of Extension Education, MPKV, Rahuri and Dr. Jai Gopal, Director, ICAR-DOGR were also present on the occasion. An exhibition was also arranged in which the technologies developed by ICAR-DOGR were also displayed. ICAR-DOGR scientists advised farmers to get their soils tested before onion and garlic cultivation.  The technique of collecting soil samples from fields was also demonstrated.  

Sports Meet

ICAR-Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research, Rajgurunagar participated in ICAR-West Zone Sports Meet 2015 held from 2nd to 6th November 2015 at ICAR-Central Sheep and Wool Research Institute, Avikanagar, Rajasthan. ICAR-DOGR team took part in 100mts, 200mts, 1500mts race, Long-Jump and High-Jump, Relay, Badminton and Carom. Sh. Manjunatha Gowda, D. C., Scientist, ICAR-DOGR, won gold medals in 200mts race and High-Jump, silver medal in 100mts race and bronze medal in Long-Jump. ICAR-DOGR congratulates him for his continuous good performance for two years.

सतर्कता जागरूकता सप्‍ताह

 

केन्‍द्रीय सतर्कता आयोग, भारत सरकार, नई दिल्‍ली और भा. कृ. अनु. परिषद के आदेशानुसार इस वर्ष भी सतर्कता जागरूकता सप्‍ताह दिनांक 26 अक्‍टूबर 2015 से 31 अक्‍टूबर 2015 तक मनाया गया ।  इस वर्ष सतर्कता सप्‍ताह का विषय था सर्तकता से रोकथाम नतीजा है सुशासन  सतर्कता सप्‍ताह के दौरान दिनांक  26 अक्‍टूबर 2015 को निदेशालय के समस्‍त कार्मिको ने प्रात: 11 बजे सभा कक्ष में लोक सेवा, सत्‍यनिष्‍ठा, ईमानदारी, पारदर्शिता एवं अपने संस्‍थान को भ्रष्‍टाचर रहित बनाए  रखने के लिए प्रतिज्ञा ली ।  जिसके प्रचार प्रसार के लिए निदेशालय के मुख्‍य प्रवेश द्वार पर बैनर एवं सूचनापट्ट पर परिपत्रो द्वारा जागरूकता लाने का प्रयास किया गया ।  

      सतर्कता सप्‍ताह के दौरान चर्चा सत्र  दिनांक 29 अक्‍टूबर 2015 को अपरान्‍ह 3.30 बजे रखा गया । जिसमें निदेशालय के सतर्कता अधिकारी एवं संस्‍थान के प्रभारी निदेशक डॉ. विजय महाजन, वरिष्ठ प्रशासनिक अधिकारी श्री सुनिलकुमार ने अपने विचार व्‍यक्‍त किये, जिसमें विशेष रूप से समस्‍त कार्मिको से आवहान किया कि सतर्कता सप्‍ताह को केवल औपचारिकता मात्र न माना जाएं बल्कि अपने वास्‍तविक जीवन में आत्‍म सात किया जाना चाहिए एवं सार्वजनिक खरीद में नियमों का पूर्णत: पालन किया जाना चाहिए जिससे हमारे द्वारा किये गये कार्यो की पारदर्शिता झलकती रहे । निदेशक महोदय ने साथ में यह भी बताया की नि :स्वार्थ से देश व  समाजहित के लिए हम ईमानदारी से अपना कार्य करेंगे तो हम हर समय जागरूक रहेंगे एवं भ्रष्टाचार रहित कार्य करने में सफल होंगे | इन विचारो के साथ ही सतर्कता जागरूकता सप्‍ताह का समापन सम्‍पन्‍न ३१.१०.२०१५ को किया गया ।

 


 

 

TSP training at KVK, Nandurbar

ICAR-DOGR, Rajgurunagar organized one day training programme on “Scientific cultivation of onion and garlic under the TSP scheme at KVK, Nandurbar on 6th October 2015. About 95 tribal farmers from various villages of Nandurbar attended the programme. Dr. A. J. Gupta, Nodal Officer (TSP) apprised the trainees about DOGR varieties and their performance in Nandurbar. Mr. R.M. Patil, SMS (Hort) explained the raising of healthy onion seedlings. Mr. A.R. Wakhare trained farmers on quality seed production of onion. Cultivation of onion and garlic has been adopted in Nandurbar at commercial scale.

हिन्दी पखवा आयोजन

भा.कृ.अनु.प – प्याज एवं लहसुन अनुसंधान निदेशालय में दिनांक 14 – 28 ‍सितम्बर, 2015 के दौरान हिन्दी पखवाा मनाया गया हिन्दी पखवाा कार्यक्रम का शुभारंभ, निदेशक महोदय दवारा किया गया हिन्दी राजभाषा सचिव दवारा गतवर्षो में हिन्दी मे किये गये कार्य ‍तथा भविष्य में हिन्दी भाषा के प्रयोग पर विस्तार से

चर्चा की गई। हिन्दी पखवा के दौरान निदेशालय के कर्मिकों के लिए विभिन्न प्रतियोगिताओं का आयोजन किया गया इन प्रतियोगिताओं में कर्मिकों ने बी उत्साह से भाग लिया हिन्दी पखवाा के समापन समारोह में राष्ट्रीय रासायनिक प्रयोगशाला पुणे की हिन्दी अधिकारी डॉ.स्वाती चडढ़ा जी मुख्य अतिथि थींडॉ.स्वाती चडढ़ा ने हिन्दी भाषा के अधिकाधिक प्रयोग, भारत देश में हिन्दी का स्तर, विभिन्न समस्याओं तथा उपलब्धियों का ‍विस्तृत वर्णन किया। तत्पश्चात संस्थान की राजभाषा प्रञिका कन्दिका (व्दितीय अंक) का विमोचन डॉ.जय गोपाल ‍निदेशक महोदय, मुख्य अतिथि, तथा डॉ.अमरजीत गुप्ता जी के दवारा किया गया निदेशालय के ‍निदेशक महोदय दवारा हिन्दी में किये गये कार्य, तथा हिन्दी को बावा देने के लिए किए जा रहे प्रयासों का वर्णन किया गयाविभिन्न प्रतियोगिताओ में भाग लेने वाले प्रतिभागियो को पुरस्कार भी दिए गए अंत में राष्ट्रगान और धन्यवाद प्रस्ताव प्रस्तुत किया गया

DOGR ORGANIZES TRAINING ON WRITING AND PUBLISHING SKILLS

A training programme was organized on 28th August 2015 by ICAR-Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research in collaboration with Editage, Cactus Communication at DOGR, Rajgurunagar, Pune on “Writing and publishing skills for Scientists”. The programme was chaired by Dr Jai Gopal, Director, ICAR-DOGR and twelve scientists attended this training. Dr Yateendra Joshi, an eminent editor from Editage, delivered lectures on reporting numbers and quantities in text, organizing quantitative data into tables, handling illustrations, avoiding common errors in written English and becoming a more competent writer. He also explained about manuscript format, structure, language, flow, graphics and other important aspect of publication skill. The input provided by Dr Joshi was quite useful and appreciated by the trainees. The programme ended with vote of thanks by Director DOGR.

ICAR-DOGR organizes ATMA training programme

A training programme on “Scientific cultivation of onion and garlic” was organized by ICAR-Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research under ATMA scheme for farmers of Nashik district (Maharashtra) from August 24 to 26, 2015. Dr. Jai Gopal, Director, ICAR-DOGR welcomed the participants. He spoke about the Onion and Garlic scenario and had interaction with the farmers. He also spoke about Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Different topics related to onion and garlic production were covered. There were in total 9 lectures and 7 practicals. The various agro-practices were demonstrated to farmers at Rajgurunagar and Kalus farms of the Directorate. They were also taken to onion market. After training programme, interactive session was conducted in which queries from the farmers were answered by the scientists. In valedictory function, certificates were distributed to the participants. The programme ended with vote of thanks by Dr. S. S. Gadge, coordinator of the training programme.

स्वतंत्रता दिवस का आयोजन

प्‍याज एवं लहसुन अनुसंधान निदेशालय में हर्सोल्लास के साथ 69वां स्वतंत्रता दिवस मनाया गया । डा. जय गोपाल, निदेशक ने राष्ट्रीय ध्वज फहराया और निदेशालय के सभी कार्मिकों को अपने संबोधन में इस दिन के महत्व से अवगत कराया एवं शहिदों की कुरबानी को नमन किया । उन्होंने कहा कि कार्मिकों को इमानदरी से अपने कर्तब्यों का पालन करके अपने देश के विकास में पूर्ण सहयोग देना चाहिये । इस अवसर पर निदेशालय के कर्मचारी कल्याण समिती द्वारा कर्मचारियों के दसवी व बारहवी के बच्चों द्वारा विशेष प्रवीनता प्राप्त करने के लिए सम्मानपत्र तथा पारितोषक वितरण का कार्यक्रम आयोजित किया गया ।

DOGR CELEBRATES 'ONION DAY'

ICAR-Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research, Rajguruangar celebrated its 18th Foundation Day as ‘Onion ‘Day’ on 16th June 2015. The programme was attended by more than 400 farmers. Exhibitions were also arranged in which 16 companies and 2 KVKs participated. Varieties and technologies of DOGR were also exhibited. A competition on display of onion bulbs was also held in which 20 farmers participated and top three entries were selected by a committee constituted for this purpose.

The programme was chaired by Dr. Y.S. Nerkar, Ex-Vice Chancellor, MPKV, Rahuri and co-chaired by Dr. Jai Gopal, Director, DOGR. Shri Suryakant Palande, Ex-MLA & Member RAC-IMC, DOGR, Shri Pratap Khandebharad, Founder, P.K. Foundation & Member, RAC-IMC, DOGR and Dr. S.D. Sawant, Director, NRC Grapes, Pune were the guests of honour at this occasion. Besides arranging lecture on onion cultivation, a Question-Answer session was also held. The winners of the onion competition were awarded. Two retired employees of DOGR were also felicitated for their services to the DOGR. The organization and output of this programme were appreciated by one and all.   

Organised Training under Tribal Sub-Plan

Two-days training programmes on 'Kharif Onion Production Technology' for tribal farmers from Navapur Taluka at Nanduarbar was organised by ICAR-Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research, Rajgurunagar, Pune under the TSP Scheme on 16-17th June, 2015 at Rajgurunagar. A total of 84 farmers participated in the programme. Lectures and demonstrations on kharif onion production were arranged. A field-cum-exhibition visit was also organized for the farmers. Certificates were distributed to all the participate of the training programme.

Training organized under Public Private Partnership

In 2013, ICAR-Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research had signed an MoU with M/S Jindal Crop Sciences Pvt. Ltd., Jalna and licensed onion variety Bhima Super. Under this PPP mode M/S Jindal Crop Sciences Pvt. Ltd is producing the seed of this variety and marketing it in India. In order to facilitate the production of quality seed of this variety, a two- days training programme was organized for the seed producers and distributors at DOGR during 28-29th April 2015. Sixty participants from Pune, Jalna, Nasik, Ahmad Nagar and Aurangabad districts of Maharashtra, attended this programme. They were educated about the seed production methods and standards and also about the onion varieties and their production and protection technologies. Field visits were also arranged to demonstrate the technologies. The training was sponsored by M/S Jindal Crop Sciences Pvt. Ltd.

 

17th Research Advisory Committee (RAC) Meeting of Directorate

The seventeenth Research Advisory Committee meeting of Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research was held on 24-25th March, 2015 at Rajgurunagar under the chairmanship of Dr. Y.S. Nerkar, Former VC-MPKV, Rahuri. Other members who attended the meeting were Dr. C.S. Pathak, Advisor-Vegetable Research, Nath Bio-Genes (I) Ltd., Aurangabad, Dr. R.P. Gupta, Director, NHRDF, Nashik, Dr. K.S. Ravi, Leader-Vegetable Research, Mahyco, Bangalore, Dr. Srinivasan, Formerly Professor, NRC for Plant Biotechnology, New Delhi, Dr. Himanshu Pathak, Professor, Centre for Environmental Science, IARI, New Delhi, Mr. Suryakant Palande, Ex-MLA, Shirur, Pune, Dr. Jai Gopal, Director, DOGR, and Dr. V. Mahajan, Member Secretary.

In his opening remarks, Dr. Jai Gopal presented an overview of DOGR and its programmes to this newly constituted RAC. Action Taken Report was presented by Dr. V. Mahajan and the same was approved. The progress made in various research projects was presented by the respective scientists. The RAC expressed satisfaction regarding action taken report, the activities and the progress made. Several recommendations pertaining to different research projects were made. The RAC also visited research farm and laboratories. They highly appreciated the well management of the research activities, the experimental fields and the upkeep of the institute.

नंदुरबार के आदिवासी परिसर में प्रशिक्षण कार्यक्रम का आयोजन

कृषि विज्ञान केंद्र, नंदुरबार के सहयोग से टीएसपी योजना के तहत नंदुरबार के आदिवासी परिसर में "प्याज और लहसुन की वैज्ञानिक खेती” पर तीन दिवसीय प्रशिक्षण कार्यक्रम का आयोजन किया गया। पहला प्रशिक्षण सरस्वती महिला बचत गट, पालीपाडा के प्रक्षेत्र पर 19 मार्च 2015 को, दुसरा प्रशिक्षण जय गणेश शेतकरी गट, निंबोनी के प्रक्षेत्र पर 20 मार्च 2015 को तथा तीसरा प्रशिक्षण जय किसान शेतकरी गट, पाल्शी के प्रक्षेत्र पर 21 मार्च 2015 को आयोजित किया गया । विभिन्न स्थानों से कुल 200 किसानों ने कार्यक्रम में भाग लिया। किसानों द्वारा डीओजीआर की प्रौद्योगिकी को अपनाने और वाणिज्यिक फसल के रूप में प्याज और लहसुन की खेती करने पर जोर दिया गया। डॉ. अमर जीत गुप्ता, वरिष्ट वैज्ञानिक एवं नोडल अधिकारी ने "प्याज और लहसुन की वैज्ञानिक खेती” पर व्याख्यान दिया जबकि श्री विश्वनाथ, वैज्ञानिक ने “प्याज के गुणवत्तायुक्त बीजोत्पादन” पर व्याख्यान दिया । प्याज के भीमा शक्ती के कंद उत्पादन पर 16 प्रदर्शनी, लहसुन के भीमा ओमकार के कंद उत्पादन पर 2 प्रदर्शनी और प्याज के भीमा किरण, भीमा राज, भीमा शुभ्रा एंव भीमा श्वेता के बीजोत्पादन पर 6 प्रदर्शनी किसानों के प्रक्षेत्र पर लगायी गयी हैं । डीओजीआर के सिफारिश के अनुसार सभी प्रदर्शन परीक्षणों मे ड्रिप सिंचाई सुविधा प्रदान की गयी हैं ।

Onion Farmer Bags Innovation Award

Shri. N. Y. Adhau, a progressive onion farmer of Deulgaon, District Akola has been selected for Innovative Farmer Award by IARI, New Delhi for 2014-15. The award will be presented during Pusa Krishi Vigyan Mela being held at IARI during 10-12 March, 2015.

Shri. Namdeorao Yadavrao Adhau was nominated by this Directorate (ICAR-DOGR) for his contribution to onion cultivation in Vidarbha region of Maharashtra. Once a trainee of DOGR, Shri. Adhau has popularized ‘Bhima Shubhra’ – a white onion variety developed by ICAR-DOGR, Pune. He had purchased 5 kg seed of Bhima Shubhra from ICAR-DOGR and raised onion crop as recommended by ICAR-DOGR. He obtained a record marketable yield of 21 tons/acre of good quality onion bulbs and earned a net profit of Rs. 2.5 lakhs. Impressed by the performance, he decided to disseminate the technology to the farmers in his vicinity. He has formed a group of 300 farmers and cultivated Bhima Shubhra in more than 750 acres area. Mr. Adhau displayed the bulbs of Bhima Shubhra in various exhibitions including Krishi Vasant 2014 at CICR, Nagpur. Hon’ble President of India Shri Pranab Mukharjee was very impressed by the quality of Bhima Shubhra onion bulbs displayed in Krishi Vasant exhibition and remarked it as the ‘King of Onion’.

Farmers’ Training Organized

A farmers’ training programme was organized by ICAR-DOGR for 25 farmers from Dewas (Madhya Pradesh) during March 16-18, 2015. It was sponsored by Narmada Jhabua Gramin Bank, Dewas. Dr. Jai Gopal, Director, ICAR-DOGR spoke about ‘Swachh Bharat’ Campaign and briefed the farmers about improved onion and garlic cultivation practices. Other scientists gave information on improved varieties of onion and garlic, nutrient and water management, pest and disease control, postharvest management, value addition, DUS characterization, seed production and role of self help groups in improving socio-economic status of farmers. Besides this, demonstrations and visit to various technologies in field and museum were arranged. Farmers were also taken to seed production fields at Kalus farm and Onion and Garlic market at Chakan. Question-Answer session was held before concluding the programme and distributing the certificates to all participants.

प्याज एवं लहसुन अनुसंधान निदेशालय को १ रजत एवं २ कास्य पदक

भारतीय कृषि अनुसंधान परिषद की आंतर-क्षेत्रिय खेलकूद प्रतियोगिता एन. डी. आर. आई., करनाल में ११ -१४ मार्च में संपन्न हुई । इस प्रतियोगिता में परिषद के ४५ संस्थान के कुल ४४८ प्रतियोगी सम्मिलित हुए । इस संस्थान के वैज्ञानिक श्री. मंजुनाथ गौडा ने लंबी कूद में व्दितीय तथा १०० मी. एवं २०० मी. दौड़ में तृतीय स्थान प्राप्त किया । इस सराहनिय जीत के लिए निदेशक महोद्य ने उनका अभिनंदन किया ।

ICAR-DOGR participated in Exhibition on Science Day

ICAR-Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research participated in exhibition on the occasion of Science Day celebration at Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT) Site, Khodad, Tal. Junnar, Dist. Pune on February 28-March 1, 2015. It was organized by Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Narayangaon. The technologies developed by the Directorate were displayed at Directorate’s stall. It was visited by students of various colleges and institutes. Dr. Gadge, Sr. Scientist explained Directorate’s on-going research and extension activities to the students. 

Annual Group Meeting of AINRPOG

The annual group meeting of All India Network Research Project on Onion & Garlic (AINRPOG) was organized by Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research, Rajgurunagar, Pune and the University of Agriculture and Horticulture Sciences, Shivamogga at Davengere, Karnataka during 6-7th February, 2015. The meeting was attended by more than 60 onion and garlic research workers. Representatives from private onion seed producing companies, KVKs, and state agricultural department were also present. Some progressive farmers also participated in the deliberations. The inaugural session was chaired by Dr. C. Vasudevappa, Vice-Chancellor, UAHS, Shivamogga and co-chaired by Dr. R.P. Gupta, Director, NHRDF, Nasik. Dr. Jai Gopal, Director, DOGR, Rajgurunagar presented the project report. Five technical sessions were held, which were chaired and co-chaired by renowned invited experts. Detailed reports on various network multilocation trials were presented by the concerned Principal Investigators. Each presentation was followed by discussion which led to significant improvement in the technical programme. Dr. N.K. Krishna Kumar, Deputy Director General (HS), ICAR, New Delhi chaired the Plenary Session and had in depth deliberations on various recommendations and action points. Farmers’ queries were also answered. The success story of Bhima Super, a DOGR onion variety was narrated by farmers and the seed producing companies. The group meeting recommended one garlic variety G-386, one rabi onion variety namely Col.744 (red) and one kharif onion variety NRCWO-3 (white) for release. Already released onion varieties Bhima Super, Bhima Dark Red and Bhima Shweta were found suitable for sets production and recommended for raising Kharif crop for early harvest using sets.

Unique onion genetic stock (DOGR-1203-DR) registered with NBPGR

Dark red onion elite line ‘DOGR-1203-DR’ has been registered as genetic stock for very early maturity and uniform neck-fall. It has been provided with national identity, IC0598327 and Registration No. INGR 14057 vide approval of the Plant Germplasm Registration Committee (PGRC) of ICAR. ‘DOGR-1203-DR’ is the first common onion genotype of very early maturity (90 days after transplanting) having complete and uniform neck-fall during rabi. This genotype can be useful to incorporate earliness into improved common onion varieties.

 

गणतंत्र दिवस का आयोजन

प्‍याज एवं लहसुन अनुसंधान निदेशालय में हर्सोल्लास के साथ 66 वां गणतंत्र दिवस मनाया गया । डा. जय गोपल, निदेशक ने राष्ट्रीय ध्वज फहराया और निदेशालय के सभी कार्मिकों को अपने संबोधन में इस दिन के महत्व से अवगत कराया । उन्होंने कहा कि हम सभी को इमानदरी से अपने कर्तब्यों का पालन करना चाहिये तथा अपने देश के विकास में पूर्ण सहयोग देना चाहिये । निदेशालय के कर्मचारी कल्याण समिति द्वारा कर्मचारियों हेतु विभिन्न योजनाओं से अवगत कराते हुए उसके कार्यान्वयन पर जोर दिया। इस अवसर पर सांस्कृतिक कार्यक्रम के साथ-साथ बच्चों के खेल-कुद कार्यक्रमों का भी आयोजन किया गया ।

DOGR organized ‘Swatch Bharat Programme’ on New Year 2015

DOGR celebrated New Year 2015 by making human chain for ‘Swatch Bharat Programme’. All the staff of DOGR led by Director, hand-in-hand, started from the DOGR premises at 10:00 AM and went to the Chandoli village and also along the main road. Banners for promoting cleanliness drive were carried. Slogans were also shouted. Panchayat office and two schools were visited. Teachers and children voluntarily joined the human chain of the DOGR staff. Children were guided regarding importance of cleanliness and the way they can keep India clean. The mission was successful and carried with great enthusiasms by all participant.

ATMA Sponsored Training Programme for Farmers of Katihar (Bihar) at DOGR

A training programme on ‘Scientific Cultivation of Onion and Garlic’ was organized by DOGR at Rajgurunagar from 22-24 December, 2014 for 25 farmers from Katihar (Bihar). The programme was sponsored by ATMA. Dr. V. Mahajan, Principal Scientist (Horticulture) welcomed the participants and briefed them about the ongoing activities at ICAR-DOGR. Lectures on improved varieties, nutrient and water management, pest and disease management, post-harvest management, processing and value addition, onion seed production, and role of self help groups in increasing socio-economic status of onion and garlic farmers were delivered. Queries raised by the farmers were answered by the Scientists during interactive session organized on last day of programme. The farmers were taken to fields and nearby onion market to resolve their practical problems on the spot.

DOGR wins three gold medals in ICAR Zonal Tournament

The sports team of DOGR participated in ICAR Zonal Sports Tournament 2014 (Western Zone) at Central Arid Zone Research Institute (CAZRI), Jodhpur during November 20-24, 2014. The team participated in Carom, Race, Jump and Badminton events. Shri. Manjunatha Gowda D.C., Scientist of DOGR received three gold medals in athletic events (100m race, 200m race and long jump). He also got the best athlete trophy of the tournament. DOGR team of badminton also reached the semi final.

ATMA sponsored training for farmers of Maharashtra at ICAR-DOGR

ICAR-Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research organized a training programme on ‘Scientific Cultivation of Onion and Garlic’ at Rajgurunagar during December 15-17, 2014. It was sponsored by Taluka Agriculture Officer, Bhusawal, District Jalgaon. Dr. Vijay Mahajan, Acting Director, ICAR-DOGR welcomed the participants and briefed about the ongoing activities of ICAR-DOGR for the farmers. He also spoke about ‘Swachh Bharat’ Campaign. Different topics like improved varieties of onion and garlic, nutrient and water management, pest and disease control, postharvest management, value addition, DUS characterization of varieties, seed production and role of self help groups in improving socio-economic status of farmers were covered in the training. There were in total 10 lectures and 8 practicals. The various agro-practices were demonstrated to farmers at Rajgurunagar and Kalus farms of the Directorate. Farmers were exposed to different agro-innovative techniques. They were also taken to Chakan onion market. After training programme, interactive session was conducted in which the queries from the farmers were answered by the scientists. Certificates were distributed to the participants in valedictory function. The programme ended with vote of thanks by Dr. S. S. Gadge, coordinator of the training programme.

ICAR-DOGR organizes ATMA training programme for farmers of Bihar

A training programme on “Scientific cultivation of onion and garlic” was organized by Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research under ATMA scheme for 20 farmers from East Champaran, Motihari (Bihar). The programme was of 3 days from December 9-11, 2014. Dr. Jai Gopal, Director, DOGR welcomed the participants and briefed about the ongoing activities of DOGR for the farmers. He also spoke about ‘Swachh Bharat’ Campaign. Different topics related to onion and garlic cultivation were covered. There were in total 9 lectures and 7 practicals. The various agro-practices were demonstrated to farmers at Rajgurunagar and Kalus farms of the Directorate. Farmers were exposed to different agro-innovative techniques. They were also taken to onion market where they voluntarily cleaned the market area as a part of clean India campaign. After training programme, interactive session was conducted in which the queries from the farmers were answered by the scientists. In valedictory function, certificates were distributed to the participants. The programme ended with vote of thanks by Dr. S. S. Gadge, coordinator of the training programme.

सतर्कता जागरूकता सप्‍ताह का आयोजन

केन्‍द्रीय सतर्कता आयोग, भारत सरकार, नई दिल्‍ली और भा. कृ. अनु. परिषद के आदेशानुसार इस वर्ष भी सतर्कता जागरूकता सप्‍ताह दिनांक 27 अक्‍टूबर 2014 से 01 नवम्‍बर 2014 तक मनाया गया । इस वर्ष सतर्कता सप्‍ताह का विषय था ‘‘भ्रष्‍टाचार का मुकाबला – प्रोद्योगिकी एक संबल के रूप में’’ । दिनांक 27 अक्‍टूबर 2014 को निदेशालय के समस्‍त कार्मिको ने प्रात: 11 बजे सभा कक्ष में लोक सेवा, सत्‍यनिष्‍ठा, ईमानदारी, पारदर्शिता एवं अपने संस्‍थान को भ्रष्‍टाचर रहित बनाए रखने के लिए प्रतिज्ञा ली । जिसके प्रचार प्रसार के लिए निदेशालय के मुख्‍य प्रवेश द्वार पर बैनर एवं सूचनापट्ट पर परिपत्रो द्वारा जागरूकता लाने का प्रयास किया गया ।

सतर्कता सप्‍ताह के समापन समारोह का कार्यक्रम दिनांक 01 नवम्‍बर 2014 को अपरान्‍ह 3.30 बजे रखा गया । जिसमें निदेशालय के सतर्कता अधिकारी एवं प्रभारी निदेशक, डॉ. विजय महाजन, प्रशासनिक अधिकारी श्री सुबोध नीरज एवं संस्‍थान के कार्मिकों ने अपने विचार व्‍यक्‍त किये, जिसमें विशेष रूप से समस्‍त कार्मिको से आवहान किया कि सतर्कता सप्‍ताह को केवल औपचारिकता मात्र न माना जाएं बल्कि अपने वास्‍तविक जीवन में आत्‍म सात किया जाना चाहिए एवं भ्रष्‍टाचार का मुकाबला – प्रोद्योगिकी एक संबल के रूप में’’ किया जाना चाहिए जिससे हमारे द्वारा किये गये कार्यो की पारदर्शिता झलकती रहे । प्रभारी निदेशक महोदय के विचारों के साथ ही सतर्कता जागरूकता सप्‍ताह का समापन सम्‍पन्‍न हुआ ।

“स्‍वच्‍छ भारत अभियान” at DOGR

The following activities are being implemented under cleanliness drive from 25/09/2014 by DOGR.

(1) Message “करेंगे महात्‍मा गॉंधी का सपना साकार, कार्यान्वित करेंगे स्‍वच्‍छ भारत अभियानका विचार has been uploaded on the home page of DOGR website.

(2) प्याज एवं लहसुन अनुसंधान निदेशालय, राजगुरुनगर में 2 अक्टूबर 2014 को स्वच्छ भारत अभियानसमारोह का आयोजन किया गया । इस अवसर पर सुबह 9 बजे निदेशालय के सभी कर्मिक एकत्रित हुए तथा निदेशक डा. जय गोपाल ने सम्बोधित किया । राष्ट्रपिता महात्मा गांधी के जन्मतिथि के शुभ अवसर पर सफाई के प्रति गांधीजी के समर्पण का स्मरण दिलाया । उन्होने सभी अधिकारियों एवं कर्मचारियों को आह्वान करते हुए कहा कि वे स्वेच्छा से इस अभियान में योगदान दें । उन्होंने यह भी कहा कि निदेशालय परिसर, आवासीय एवं कार्यालय तथा आस-पास के स्थान में स्वच्छता बनाए रखना हम सभी का दायित्व है । इस अभियान के लिए हमें अन्य लोगों को भी जागरुक करना होगा। सम्पदा अधिकारी डा. अमर जीत गुप्ता ने भारत स्वच्छता अभियान के तहद निदेशालय की भागीदारी एवं योजनाओं की जानकारी दी । इस अवसर पर 9.45 बजे प्रशासनिक अधिकारी श्री सुबोध नीरज द्वारा निदेशालय में कार्यरत सभी वैज्ञानिकों, अधिकारियों एवं कर्मचारियों को स्वच्छता शपथ दिलाई । इसके बाद निदेशक महोदय तथा निदेशालय के समस्त कर्मियों द्वारा निदेशालय के परिसर, रास्तें एवं मुख्य द्वार के बाहर राष्ट्रीय राजमार्ग के दोनों तरफ सफाई की गई । निदेशक महोदय ने सभी कर्मिकों का स्वच्छता अभियान में बढ़-चढ़ कर भाग लेने पर धन्यवाद व्यक्त किया । उन्होंने कहा कि प्रत्येक शनिवार को कम से कम दो घंटे श्रमदान करके स्वच्छता के संकल्प को चरितार्थ करना है तथा पूरे वर्ष इस कार्यक्रम को पूर्ण उत्साह के साथ चलाए जाने के लिए सहयोग मांगा ।

(3) Every Saturday from 4:00 PM onward DOGR staff undertakes community work for cleaning office, residential area and other places.

(4) Display boards to spread the cleanliness messages have been fixed at various locations in the campus.

These activities are being undertaken as per decisions taken unanimously by the DOGR staff in the meeting on 25/09/2014, chaired by the Director, DOGR.

AGRI Sponsored training at DOGR

The Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research organized a training programme on ‘Advance Production Technology of Onion and Garlic’ at Rajgurunagar on September 22, 2014 sponsored by Agricultural Growth of Rural India (AGRI), New Delhi. It was attended by 48 farmers from Surendranagar district of Gujarat. In all, 5 lectures were delivered by DOGR scientists on improved varieties of onion and garlic, nutrient and water management, pest and disease management, post-harvest management and value addition, and role of self help groups in improving socio-economic status of farmers. Farmers were also taken to Exhibition hall and fields. Shri. Satyendra Pal, Group Manager, AGRI, New Delhi expressed satisfaction and thanked DOGR.

हिन्दी सप्ताह का आयोजन 


भा.कृ.अनु.प.-प्‍याज एवं लहसुन अनुसंधान निदेशालय, राजगुरूनगर, पुणे में दिनांक 09/09/014 से 15/09/2014 तक हिन्‍दी सप्‍ताह मनाया गया। हिन्‍दी सप्‍ताह के दौरान निदेशालय में विभिन्‍न प्रकार के कार्यक्रम व प्रतियोगिताओ का आयोजन किया गया। प्रथम दिवस को हिन्‍दी कार्यशाला का आयोजन रखा गया, जिसमें सी-डैक पुणे से आये  श्री प्रभाकर पाण्‍डे़, परियोजना अधिकारी एवं उनकी टीम ने विभिन्‍न साफ्टवेयर के माध्‍यम से  हि‍न्‍दी में कार्य करने के लिए प्रेरित किया।  आगामी दिवसों में निदेशालय के कार्मिकों हेतु प्रतियोगिताओ का आयोजन किया गया, जिसमें सभी ने बढ़-चढ़ कर भाग लिया । हिन्‍दी सप्‍ताह के अंतिम दिवस को समापन एवं पुरस्‍कार वितरण समारोह का आयोजन किया गया, जिसमें श्री उमेश गुप्‍ता, वरिष्‍ठ हिन्‍दी अधिकारी, राष्‍ट्रीय रासायनिक प्रयोगशाला, पुणे ने मुख्‍य अतिथि के रूप में भाग लिया। परिषद गान के साथ आयोजन का शुभारंभ हुआ और निदेशक महोदय द्वारा निदेशालय में हिन्‍दी संबंधी गतिविधियों का विवरण प्रस्‍तुत किया गया। मुख्‍य अतिथि एवं निदेशालय के निदेशक महोदय ने विजेताओं को पुरस्‍कार, प्रशस्‍ती पत्र एवं स्‍मृति चिन्‍ह प्रदान किये । मुख्‍य अतिथि महोदय ने अपने भाषण के द्वारा हिन्‍दी की महत्‍ता को बताते हुए अधिकाधिक कार्य हिन्‍दी में करने के लिए प्रोत्‍साहित किया । अंत में राष्‍ट्रीय गान के साथ हिन्‍दी सप्‍ताह संपन्‍न हुआ ।

DOGR organizes Field Day in Tribal village of Nandurbar 

Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research, Rajgurunagar in collaboration with Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Nandurbar organized field day on 6th September, 2014 in Karanjali, a tribal village in Nandurbar district of Maharashtra. Total 77 farmers participated in the field day. Mr. Vishwanath Yalamalle, Scientist (Seed Science & Tech.) and Co-PI, Tribal Sub Plan presided the inaugural session and explained the onion and garlic seed production techniques 

and implementation of the Tribal Sub Plan to the newly selected SHG’s. Mr H S Gawali, Sr. Technician (Farm/field), DOGR, Rajgurunagar explained the nursery raising techniques. Mr. R M Patil, SMS (Hort.), KVK, Nandurbar explained the onion production techniques. Mr. P S Lathe, Deputy Director (ATMA), Nandurbar and Dr. R S Dahatonde I/c Programme Coordinator, KVK, Nandurbar were also present. Several queries pertaining to onion production, seed production, plant protection and weed management were answered by the above experts during interaction with farmers.

 

AGRI sponsored training at DOGR

 The Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research organized a training programme on ‘Advance Production Technology of Onion and Garlic’ at Rajgurunagar on August 22, 2014 in collaboration with Agricultural Growth of Rural India (AGRI), New Delhi. It was attended by 44 farmers from Rajkot district of Gujarat. The programme was inaugurated by Dr. V. Mahajan, Principal Scientist (Horticulture) of DOGR. Dr. S. S. Gadge, Senior Scientist (Agricultural Extension) welcomed the participants and briefed them about the ongoing activities of DOGR. In all, 4 lectures were delivered by DOGR scientists on improved varieties of onion and garlic, nutrient and water management, pest and disease management, and role of self help groups in improving socio-economic status of farmers. An interaction session was also held with farmers and they were also taken to Exhibition hall and fields. Shri. Gaurav Sharma, Group Manager, AGRI, New Delhi expressed satisfaction and thanked DOGR.

 

Training Programme for Farmers of Gujarat at DOGR

The Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research organized a training programme on ‘Onion and Garlic Cultivation’ in collaboration with Agricultural Growth of Rural India (AGRI), New Delhi on July 31, 2014. It was attended by 40 farmers from Porbandar district of Gujarat state. The programme was presided over by Dr. V. Mahajan, Principal Scientist (Horticulture) of DOGR. Dr. S. S. Gadge, Senior Scientist (Agricultural Extension) welcomed the participants and briefed about onion and garlic technologies developed by the Directorate.  During the training, participants were given information on improved varieties, nutrient and water management, pest and disease management, post-harvest management, processing and value addition, onion seed production, and role of self help groups in increasing socio-economic status of onion and garlic farmers. Several queries regarding onion and garlic cultivation were answered by the experts during interaction with farmers. The farmers were also taken to Exhibition hall and fields. Shri. Hitesh Kumar, Group Manager, Agricultural Growth of Rural India (AGRI), New Delhi expressed satisfaction and thanked DOGR.

DOGR gets ISO Certification

Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research, Rajgurunagar, Pune has got ISO 9001:2008 accreditation.   This certificate from International Accreditation Forum for ISO certification has been obtained by DOGR after its independent assessment by LMS Certifications Pvt. Ltd., an authorized ISO certification agency.  The certificate is applicable to “Development of improved varieties, production, protection and post-harvest technologies in Onion and Garlic” by DOGR. 

DOGR Celebrates ICAR Foundation Day

 The 86th Foundation Day of ICAR was celebrated by the Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research at Rajgurunagar, Pune on 16th July 2014.  Mr. Suryakant Palande, RAC & IMC Member, DOGR and Ex-MLA, Tal. Shirur, Pune was the Chief Guest.  Mr. P.W. Khandebharad, RAC & IMC Member, DOGR and Mr. M.M. Shitole, Principal, Mahatma Gandhi Vidyalaya, Rajgurunagar, Pune were the guests of honour.  The function was attended by about 100 participants including farmers, state agriculture officials and students.  A presentation on brief history of Agriculture in India and achievements of ICAR was made by Dr. Jai Gopal, Director, DOGR, Pune.  Interaction was held with the farmers and state officials regarding management of prevalent drought situation due to delayed monsoon.  Advisory on strategies to be followed for minimizing the losses in kharif onion was issued.  Chief guests and other dignitaries gave their remarks and appreciated the progress made under the leadership of ICAR in all fields of agriculture including research, teaching and extension.  Students and farmers were also taken around the farm and exhibition hall to explain the various R&D activities of DOGR.

Bhima Shubhra- A Ray of Hope for Vidarbha Farmers

Patur is a small village in Akola district of Maharashtra. This village comes under the rainfed Vidarbha region. Shri Namdeorao Adhau, a farmer from Patur village used to cultivate traditional varieties of onion in his 1.25 acre land, but the production was far below the expectations.

Research of DOGR Changed the Scenario

White Onion is preferred over red onion in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra. Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research (DOGR) developed a high yielding white onion variety ‘Bhima Shubhra’. This variety was recommended in the workshop of All India Network Research Project on Onion and Garlic at Bidhan Chandra Krishi Vishwa Vidyalaya, Kalyani during 18-19th April 2013 for cultivation in kharif and late kharif seasons. This variety matures in about 110-115 days after transplanting during kharif and 120-130 days after transplanting in late kharif.

Shri Namdeorao Adhau purchased 5 kg seed of ‘Bhima Shubhra’ from DOGR and sowed onion crop on 1.25 acre area on raised bed as per recommended technology of DOGR. He obtained a record marketable yield of 21 tons/acre of good quality bulbs with uniform size and without doubles and bolters.

Enhanced Production Increased the Profitability

Shri Adhau earned a net profit of Rs. 2.5 lakhs by marketing the production of ‘Bhima Shubhra’.  Impressed by the performance of this variety, he decided to disseminate the technology to the farmers in his vicinity. Shri Adhau formed a group of about 300 farmers from twelve villages of the region. Now this group is promoting the cultivation of ‘Bhima Shubhra’ in an area of more than 750 acres in these villages. Most of the members of this group are often earning a net profit of more than Rs. 1.0 lakh/acre.

Appreciation by the Hon’ble President of India

Shri Adhau displayed the bulbs of ‘Bhima Shubhra’ in various agriculture exhibitions including at ‘KRISHI VASANT’ - a National Agriculture Exhibition held at Central Institute for Cotton Research (CICR), Nagpur during 9-13th February, 2014. Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Hon’ble President of India was very much impressed by the quality of bulbs of onion variety ‘Bhima Shubhra’ being displayed by Shri Adhau. Shri Mukherjee remarked ‘Bhima Shubhra’ as the King of Onion.

Shri Adhau received the ‘Late Vasantrao Naik Krishi Gaurav Award’ for his pragmatic achievements in onion cultivation. He gave full credit of his success to scientists of DOGR.

DOGR Celebrates 17th Foundation Day 

The 17th Foundation Day was celebrated by the Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research, Rajgurunagar, Pune on 16th June 2014.  Dr. Y.S. Nerkar, Ex. Vice Chancellor, Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth, Rahuri was the Chief Guest.  Dr. P.S. Minhas, Director, NIASM, Baramati and Dr. S.D. Sawant, Director, NRCG, Pune were the guests of honour.  Scientists of the Pune based institutes, KVK representatives, DOGR staff and more than 35 farmers attended the function. Dr. Jai Gopal, Director, DOGR welcomed the participants and presented a review of DOGR development and the status of onion and garlic in the country.  Dr. V. Mahajan, Pr. Scientist (Hort.), DOGR presented the achievements of the DOGR.  The foundation day address was delivered by the Chief Guest.  Other dignitaries also expressed their views and congratulated DOGR for the significant contributions.  Mr. Namdeorao Yadavrao Adhau, Progressive farmer was honoured for his contributions to the popularization of DOGR technologies.  Two ex-employees of DOGR were also facilitated on this occasion for their services.  A publication “Improved cultivation practices for the Onion” was also released.

MoU Signed

A Memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed by the Director, DOGR with M/s. R.K. Engineering works, Rajgurunagar on 15th April, 2014 at DOGR, Rajgurunagar for onion grader developed by DOGR. The MoU has been formulated as per the ICAR guidelines. As per MoU, DOGR extended a non-exclusive license to M/s. R.K. Engineering works, Thigal Sthal, Rajgurunagar, Pune for manufacturing of motorized onion grader. M/s. R.K. Engineering works is a small scale industry which is involved in the manufacturing of agricultural implements. Motorised onion grader works with the 1HP motor and grades the onion into four grades.  DOGR is confident that the said MoU will promote the widespread adoption of this onion grader in India and ensure the availability of grader to the end users. 


Training under Tribal Sub-Plan

Two-days training programme on “Kharif Onion Production Technology” for tribal farmers from Navapur Taluka of Nadurbar was organised by Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research, Rajgurunagar, Pune under the TSP Scheme on 16-17th June, 2014 at DOGR Rajgurunagar under the chairmanship of Dr. Jai Gopal, Director, DOGR. A total of 34 farmers participated in the programme. The training was aimed at creating awareness among the farmers about cultivation of kharif onion in tribal belt of Nandurbar. Lectures and field demonstrations of kharif onion production were arranged. A field-cum-exhibition visit was also organized for the farmers to acquaint them with the latest technologies and cultural practices. Shri R. M. Patil, SMS (Horticulture), KVK, Nandurbar and the farmers expressed satisfaction and appreciated DOGR for its work for the tribal area.  Certificates were distributed to all the participants of the training programme. Programme ended with the vote of thanks presented by Dr. A.J. Gupta, Nodal Officer (TSP). 

Training programme on Onion production technology under North Eastern Hill Plan

One day training programme on “Onion production technology” was organized at Andro Farm, CAU, Imphal on 23.03.2014 by DOGR in collaboration with CAU, Imphal under North Eastern Hill Plan. Total 60 farmers participated in this training program. Dr. Vijay Mahajan, Principal Scientist and Nodal Officer (NEH Plan & AINRPOG) presided the inaugural session and explained in detail about onion improvement and production technologies. Dr. S.J. Gawande, Senior Scientist from DOGR elaborated about onion diseases, pests, their identification and management. Dr. W. Ingo Meitei, Professor of Horticulture & PI, AINRPOG, CAU, Imphal delivered lecture on economic importance of onion in NEH region. Several queries pertaining to onion production, plant protection and post-harvest handling were answered by the above experts during interaction with farmers.

 

Annual Group Meeting of All India Network Research Project on Onion and Garlic and Brain-Storming Session

The Fifth Annual Group Meeting of All India Network Research Project on Onion and Garlic (AINRPOG) and a Brain-Storming Session on “Crop Improvement and Seed Production of Onion” was organised by Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research, Rajgurunagar, Pune at National Horticultural Research & Development Foundation, Nashik from 13-15th March 2014. The event was attended by more than 100 delegates both from public and private sectors from across the country. The inaugural session of the Annual Group Meeting was chaired by Dr. G. Kalloo, Ex-DDG (H), ICAR and Ex-VC, JNKVV, Jabalpur. Dr. K.E. Lawande, Vice-Chancellor, Dr. BSKKV, Dapoli was the Chief Guest, and Dr. S.K. Malhotra, Assistant Director General (H-II), ICAR was the Co-Chairman. Distinguished scientists and research workers on onion and garlic chaired and co-chaired the various technical sessions.

Dr. Jai Gopal, Director, DOGR presented the project report wherein he elaborated on the activities and achievements of AINRPOG.  Dr. Vijay Mahajan, Nodal Officer presented action taken report of AINRPOG.  Dr. R.P. Gupta, Director, NHRDF, Nashik, Dr. S.D. Sawant, Director, NRC Grapes, Pune, Dr. Bachkar, MPKV, Rahuri, Mr. U.B. Pandey, Ex-Director, NHRDF, Nashik, Dr. S.R. Bhonde, Ex-Addl. Director, NHRDF, Nashik, Dr. C.S. Pathak, Advisor, Nath Seeds, Aurangabad, and Mr. Suresh Agarwal, Chief Executive, Bejo Sheetal, Jalna, actively participated in the group meeting and gave valuable input for onion and garlic research in the country.  Publications i.e. Souvenir, Annual report, CDs and Folders on onion and garlic were released. Dr. G. Kalloo highlighted the importance of Allium species and need to stabilize the onion supply.  Dr. K.E. Lawande emphasized on increasing the area and productivity in the kharif season to stabilize the market price of onion.  Dr. S.K. Malhotra spoke about the development of codex parameters for various horticultural crops including onion and garlic.           

Dr. N.K. Krishna Kumar, DDG (H), ICAR chaired the plenary session.  He focused on the recent disturbances in the climate like hailstorm, untimely rains, floods etc. which have adversely affected the crop production especially in horticultural crops including onion and garlic.  He stressed that there is need to pay more attention on multiplier and temperate onions, so as to develop varieties with specific characters and having high export potential.  He also suggested that the public and private sector should go hand in hand to increase production and productivity of onion and garlic in the country.

In the Brain-Storming Session on “Crop Improvement and Seed Production of Onion” lead lectures were delivered by the experienced and renowned scientists in the field of onion improvement and seed production.  There was an open discussion on the various presentations and significant recommendations were made in the plenary session which was chaired by Dr. N.K. Krishna Kumar, DDG (H) and Co-Chaired by Dr. Jai Gopal, Director, DOGR.

The variety identification committee of the group meeting identified three garlic varieties for long day and one for short day conditions.  Besides, this two recommendations on production technology and two on crop protection were made during the group meeting.

 

DOGR participated in Science Day Exhibition at GMRT, Khodad

Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research, Rajgurunagar participated in Science Day Exhibition held at Giant Metrowave Radio Telescope (GMRT), Khodad, Narayangaon, Pune during February 28th to 1st March, 2014. Different agro-technologies developed by DOGR and samples of different onion and garlic varieties were displayed at the exhibition. Scientists from different fields, farmers, students and teachers visited the DOGR stall and appreciated the technologies developed by DOGR. Several queries pertaining to onion and garlic production, its nutraceutical values, plant protection and post-harvest handling were answered during interaction with farmers and students. Dr. S.J Gawande, Mr. N. Shaikh and Mr. Vishal Gurav managed the event activities.

 



     

DOGR Celebrates Agriculture Education Day

An agriculture education day was organized by the Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research, Rajgurunagar on 18th February 2014. The programme was attended by 163 students of Vth and VIIIth standards from Kendriya Vidyalaya, CME, Dapoli, Pune.   After the welcome address they were educated by Dr. Jai Gopal, Director, DOGR with regard to importance of agriculture, set up of agriculture research and opportunities in agriculture.   They were also enlightened about the role of research in improving agricultural productivity.  A talk on importance of onion and garlic, and the various activities required for the cultivation of these crops was delivered by Dr. V. Mahajan, Principal Scientist. The students were also given live demonstration of various agricultural operations and the technologies developed by DOGR.  Great enthusiasm was shown by the students and they interacted with the other scientists of DOGR.  A quiz was also arranged separately for the Vth and VIIIth standard students and the winners were awarded.  Students were given an opportunity to speak on agriculture in India.  Teachers accompanying the students expressed satisfaction and happiness over the knowledge gained by the students.  The programme was coordinated by the Dr. S. Anandhan, Sr. Scientist and I/c. PME Cell.

DOGR organizes Model Training Course

The Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research organized eight days Model Training Course on “Production Technology in Onion and Garlic” during 10-17 February 2014 at Rajgurunagar.It was sponsored by the Directorate of Extension, Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India, New Delhi. Twenty eight officers from Department of Agriculture and Horticulture, from 10 states including Tripura and Manipur attended the course. The programme was inaugurated by Dr. Jai Gopal, Director, DOGR. He welcomed the participants and briefed about the status of onion and garlic and ongoing activities of DOGR. In total 13 lectures were delivered on various aspects by DOGR scientists. Each lecture was followed by practical on respective topics. There were also two invited speakers from NHRDF and APMC, Maharashtra. Various agro-practices were demonstrated to officers with the experiments laid on the Rajgurunagar, Kalus and Baner farms of the Directorate. Field visits were arranged to Narayangaon and Otur, and they were also taken to Chakan onion market for interaction with farmers, traders and other stake holders. The training material and relevant books were provided to the participants. In valedictory function, certificates were distributed to the participants. Speaking in valedictory function, Dr. Jai Gopal emphasized on carrying of the technologies to the farmers fields particularly for increasing area under kharif production to stabilise onion prices. Trainees were also advised to encourage the farmers for conserving biodiversity, using improved storage technology and adopting seed village concept. Their support for supplying landraces/unique varieties to DOGR was also solicited. The programme ended with vote of thanks by Dr. S. S. Gadge, Course Co-Director of the training programme. 

DOGR Participates in Krishi Vasant

Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research, Rajgurunagar participated in Krishi Vasant, a National Agriculture Fair-cum-Exhibition held at Nagpur during February 9 – 13, 2014. Different agro-technologies developed by DOGR and samples of different onion and garlic varieties were displayed at the exhibition. Also, three onion varieties i.e. Bhima Shakti, Bhima Kiran and Bhima Shweta and two garlic varieties viz. Bhima Omkar and Bhima Purple were displayed in live demonstration. Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary DARE, Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India and DG, ICAR visited the DOGR stall along with Dr. K.D. Kokate, DDG (Extension) and other ICAR dignitaries. A huge response of farmers was received at stall and at live demonstration site. Several queries pertaining to onion and garlic production and post-harvest handling were answered during interaction sessions with farmers. Dr. A.A. Murkute, Mr. A.R. Wakhare and Mr. S.D. Waghmare managed the event activities.

    

DOGR organized Training-cum-Awareness Programme on PPV&FRA 

A training-cum-awareness programme on PPV&FRA was organized by DOGR on 23rd January 2014 at DOGR, Rajgurunagar, Pune for the benefits of the farmers, extension workers and researchers.  Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Baramati rendered support in sending farmers from the onion and garlic growing regions of Baramati for this programme, which was attended by about 100 participants.  Shri Rajendra Pawar, Chairman, Agriculture Development Trust, Baramati was the Chief Guest, and Shri Dipal Roy Choudhury, Joint Registrar, PPV&FRA, New Delhi was the Guest of Honour.  Dr. Jai Gopal, Director, DOGR welcomed the guests and the delegates and spoke about the role of the farmers and the researchers in increasing onion and garlic production in the country, and that how their interests are being protected under the PPV&FRA.  Lectures on benefit shairing, DUS testing and provisions of PPV&FRA were delivered by the experts of DOGR and PPV&FRA. The chief guest appreciated the efforts being made by the DOGR in developing varieties and technologies, and educating the farmers in increasing profitability of onion and garlic cultivation.  Dr. A.J. Gupta, Nodal Officer (DUS) gave practical on DUS testing and filling of application for registration of varieties.  Farmers were also taken to live demonstration of onion and garlic varieties and technologies showcased at the DOGR farm.  The programme concluded with vote of thanks by Dr. V. Mahajan, Pr. Scientist (H).   

DOGR Exhibition at KVK Baramati

DOGR participated in agricultural exhibition during 18th – 20th January 2014 at Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Baramati organized by Agricultural Development Trust, Baramati. It 

was inaugurated by Honourable President of India Shri. Pranab Mukharjee. Around 30 public and private organizations related to seed, fertilizers, insecticides, agricultural implements, etc. participated in it. Honourable Union Minister of Agriculture and Food Processing Industries Shri. Sharad Pawar, Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra Shri. Ajit Pawar, Member of Parliament Smt. Supriya Sule, Chairman of Sakal Media Group Shri. Prataprao Pawar and Guests viz., Shri. Bhanwarlal Jain, Dr. B. R. Barwale, Shri. Vijay Anna Borade and thousands of farmers from Maharashtra State visited the exhibition. DOGR stall received a great response from farmers.  There was demand for Marathi publications like Kanda Lagwad, Lasun Utpadan and Kanda Va Lasun Sathawan. DOGR developed onion and garlic varieties and other technologies were demonstrated in the exhibition. Farmers were curious to know about advance production technologies developed by the Directorate. They also availed the opportunity to get their questions related to onion and garlic cultivation answered by Dr. S. S. Gadge, Senior Scientist of DOGR at the exhibition. 

DOGR organized training under ATMA

A three-days training programme on “Scientific Cultivation of Onion and Garlic” was organized at DOGR, Rajgurunagar, Pune during 7-9th January 2014.  The programme was sponsored by Project Director, ATMA, wherein 25 farmers including 17 women farmers from Chandrapur, Maharashtra attended the training.  The training was inaugurated by Dr. Jai Gopal, Director, DOGR.  The lectures on all aspects of improved cultivation practices of onion and garlic were delivered by the scientists of DOGR.  These covered improved varieties, nutrient & water management, pests & diseases management, post-harvest management, and value addition in onion and garlic.  Practicals and demonstrations of various activities were also given to the farmers both at DOGR and its seed production farm at Kalus.  Farmers were also taken to the onion market at Chakan.  On the last day Question & Answer session was also held.  The programme concluded with the distribution of the certificates to the participants.  Vote of thanks was by Dr. S.S. Gadge, Course Coordinator.

DOGR conducts training at Darekarwadi

 Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research conducted a training programme on “Advance Technology of Onion Cultivation” at  Darekarwadi village of Pune district on December 24, 2013. It was organized in collaboration with Global Communities Cohesion Foundation Trust through Samrudhi Project. The training was attended by about 50 farmers from Darekarwadi and nearby villages. The programme was presided over by Shri. Dnyaneshwar Darekar, a progressive farmer of Darekarwadi. Project Officer Shri. Ranjit Hangargekar welcomed the participants and briefed about the project. Dr. S. S. Gadge, Senior Scientist of DOGR delivered a lecture on “Advance technology of onion cultivation”. He highlighted on various kinds of onion varieties, improved cultivation practices along with postharvest technologies developed by DOGR and answered the questions from the farmers. The programme was compered by Project Coordinator Shri. Rajiv Sarwade. DOGR produced films on micro irrigation and postharvest management were also shown to the farmers in the training programme. The programme ended with vote of thanks by Shri. Dattatraya Darekar. After training programme, Dr. Gadge visited onion farms and guided the farmers.  

Training programme on Onion production technology under North Eastern Hill Plan

A project on Onion and Garlic under North Eastern Hill (NEH) Plan was started during 2013-14 by Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research. Under this programme, evaluation of varieties of onion and garlic along with production and  protection technology for different seasons is being promoted through CAU, Imphal. Besides training, demonstration on farmers fields is being taken during rabi season.  One-day training programme on “Onion production technology” was organized on 18.12.2013 at Andro Farm, CAU, Imphal,  where more than 100 farmers from different villages participated. Chief Guest of the training programme, Dr. Sarbjit Singh Nagra, Director of Instruction, CAU, Imphal, briefed about the importance of onion and its need for scientific cultivation in this area. Dr. M. Rohinikumar Singh, Director of Research, CAU, Imphal was Guest of Honour. He emphasized on the need to popularize onion cultivation in this area to avoid dependency on other major onion growing states of the country and even some times Bangladesh.  Dr. Vijay Mahajan, Nodal Officer (NEH Plan & AINRPOG) presided the function. He said that results of AINRPOG trial show that onion can be successfully cultivated in different seasons in this area, but there is need of proper training to the farmers along with demonstrations. In second half of the training programme Dr. W. Ingo Meitei, Professor of Horticulture & PI, AINRPOG, CAU, Imphal delivered lecture on economic importance of onion in NEH region. Dr. Mahajan gave detail information about varieties, scientific cultivation technology including plant protection measures. After question and answer session, fertilizers were distributed to six group of farmers for demonstration being conducted on their fields at different locations in village Chanung, Andro, and Chingnungkok.  

प्या.ल.अनु.नि. में नाबार्ड प्रायोजित प्रशिक्षण का आयोजन 

प्याज एवं लहसुन अनुसंधान निदेशालय में राष्ट्रीय कृषि और ग्रामीण विकास बैंक (नाबार्ड) प्रायोजित प्याज एवं लहसुन की वैज्ञानिक खेती पर प्रशिक्षण कार्यक्रम का आयोजन 11-13  दिसंबर 2013 के दौरान किया गया। इस कार्यक्रम मे देवास (मध्य प्रदेश) के 22 किसानों ने भाग लिया। इस कार्यक्रम का उद्‍घाटन डा. जय गोपाल, निदेशक, प्या.ल.अनु.नि. ने किया। उन्होने सभी प्रतिभागियों का स्वागत किया तथा प्या.ल.अनु.नि. में किसानों के लि चल रही गतिविधियों की संक्षिप्त रूप में जानकारी दी। कार्यक्रम की अध्यक्षता नाबार्ड, देवास के जिला विकास प्रबंधक श्री. योगेश गोखले ने की तथा सोनकच्छ एग्रो प्रोड्युसर कम्पनी लिमिटेड, देवास के निदेशक श्री. जयंत चौधरी मुख्य अतिथी थे। वैज्ञानिकों ने इस कार्यक्रम मे प्याज एवं लहसुन की खेती संबंधित विषयों पर व्याख्यान दिए। कुल 10 व्याख्यान और 7 प्रात्याक्षिक करवाएं गए। किसानों के लिये निदेशालय की सिफारिशें, प्याज एवं लहसुन की उन्नत किस्में, उर्वरक एवं जल प्रबंधन, कीट एवं रोग नियंत्रण, सस्योत्तर प्रबंधन, मुल्य वर्धन, प्रजातियों का डी. यू. एस. चरित्रीकरण, बीजोत्पादन और स्वयं सहाय्य समुहों का किसानों की सामाजिक-आर्थिक स्थिति  सुधारने मे योगदान जैसे विभिन्न विषयों से किसानों को अवगत कराया गया। राजगुरूनगर तथा कालुस प्रक्षेत्रों मे चल रहे प्रयोगों के माध्यम से विभिन्न सस्य क्रियाओं को दिखाया गया। किसानों को विभिन्न नवोन्मेषी कृषि प्रौद्योगिकीयों से भी अवगत कराया गया। उन्हें प्याज की मंडी मे भी ले जाया गया। प्रशिक्षण कार्यक्रम के बाद किसानों के प्रश्नों के वैज्ञानिकों ने जवाब दिए। समापन समारोह में  प्रतिभागियों को प्रमाणपत्र वितरित किए गए। समापन समारोह के दौरान डा. विजय महाजन ने मध्य प्रदेश मे निदेशालय द्वारा विकसित प्याज एवं लहसुन की उन्नत तकनिकी का प्रसार कराने की इच्छा प्रकट की। प्रशिक्षण कार्यक्रम के समन्वयक डा. एस. एस. गाडगे द्वारा धन्यवाद ज्ञापन के साथ कार्यक्रम का समापन किया गया।  

Nepalese Delegation at DOGR

An eight-member Nepalese Delegation was on study tour to DOGR from 30/11/2013 to 7/12/2013.  The team was lead by Dr. Gajendra Singh Niroula, Project Director, Vegetable Crops Development Directorate, Lalitpur, Nepal.  The visit was arranged by DOGR as per communication received from the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, New Delhi.  Dr. Jai Gopal, Director, DOGR welcomed the delegation and apprised them of the global and national scenario of onion and garlic cultivation.  The team members were also exposed to the improved production technology for onion and garlic.  Besides, delivering of lectures by the DOGR scientists, practical demonstrations were given of various field activities both for bulb and seed production.  The delegation also visited the seed production farm of the DOGR at Kalus.  One-day visit was arranged to the farmers’ fields.  The team was impressed by the improved production technology being adopted by the farmers under the guidance of DOGR.  On the last day, visit was arranged to the biggest onion market of India at Lasalgaon and also to NHRDF, Nashik.  The delegation left satisfied and expressed gratitude to the DOGR for making arrangements and providing the latest know-how on onion and garlic cultivation and post-harvest management.

जनजातीय उपयोजना अंतर्गत प्‍याज एवं लहसुन अनुसंधान निदेशालय द्वारा प्रक्षेत्र दिवस आयोजित

प्‍याज एवं लहसुन अनुसंधान निदेशालय, राजगुरूनगर, पुणे ने कृषि वि‍ज्ञान केन्‍द्र, नंदुरबार के सहयोग से आदिवासी जिला नंदुरबार में जनजातीय उपयोजना के अंतर्गत दो प्रक्षेत्र दिवस आयोजित किए । प्रथम प्रशिक्षण "प्‍याज का उन्‍नत बीज उत्‍पादन" वि‍षय पर कल्‍याणी महिला बचत गट, पालीपाडा के प्रक्षेत्र पर १३ नवम्‍बर २०१३ को मनाया गया जबकि दुसरा प्रशिक्षण "प्‍याज में पौधशाला प्रबन्‍धन" विषय पर गंगा महिला बचत गट, करनजाली के प्रक्षेत्र पर १५ नवम्‍बर २०१३ को मनाया गया ।प्रशिक्षण कार्यक्रम का आयोजन   डा. अमर जीत गुप्‍ता, वरिष्‍ठ वैज्ञानिक (उद्यान) एवं नोडल अधिकारी (टी.एस.पी.),श्री. आर. एम. पाटील एवं श्री. ए. आर. वाखरे के द्वारा किया गया । व्‍याख्‍यानों के अलावा कुल १० प्रक्षेत्र प्रदर्शनी प्रशिक्षण की भी शुरुआत नंदुरबार के नवापुर, धडगांव एवं अक्‍कलकुआ तहसील में की गयी है जिसमें ४ प्‍याज के भीमा शक्ति प्रजाति का उत्‍पादन, ३ प्‍याज के भीमा सुपर प्रजाति‍ का बीजोत्‍पादन एवं ३ लहसुन के भीमा ओमकार और भीमा पर्पल का उत्‍पादन शामिल है । प्रत्‍येक प्रदर्शनी ०.५ – १.० एकड़ भूमि पर है। इस प्रदर्शनी के लिए चयनित किसानों के समूह को उत्‍पादन सामग्री जैसे प्‍याज का बीज, प्‍याज एवं लहसुन के कन्‍द, उर्वरक, कीट एवं रोगनाशक एवं खरपतवार नाशक प्रदान किए गए ।

  

निदेशालय में सतर्कता जागरूकता सप्ताह का आयोजन

केन्द्रीय सतर्कता आयोग, नई दिल्ली और भारतीय कृषि अनुसंधान परिषद के आदेशानुसार प्याज एवम लहसुन अनुसन्धान निदेशालय में सतर्कता जागरूकता सप्ताह का आयोजन दिनांक “28 अक्टूबर 2013 से 2 नवम्बर 2013” तक किया गया।

सतर्कता सप्ताह हेतु इस वर्ष का विषय था “सुशासन को बढ़ावा देना - सतर्कता का सकारात्मक योगदान”। सतर्कता सप्ताह के दौरान प्रथम दिवस दिनांक 28 अक्टूबर 2013 को निदेशालय के समस्त कार्मिको ने प्रात: 11 बजे सभा कक्ष में लोक सेवा, सत्यनिष्ठा, ईमानदारी एवं पारदर्शिता की प्रतिज्ञा ली, साथ ही अपने संस्थान को भ्रष्टाचार रहित बनाए  रखने के लिए भी प्रतिज्ञा ली ।  सतर्कता जागरूकता सप्ताह के प्रचार प्रसार के लिए निदेशालय के मुख्य प्रवेश द्वार पर बैनर एवं सूचनापट्ट पर परिपत्रो द्वारा जागरूकता लाने का प्रयास किया गया ।
सतर्कता सप्ताह के दौरान जागरूकता गोष्ठी का आयोजन दिनांक 01 नवम्बर 2013 को अपराह्न 3.30 बजे निदेशालय के सभागार में रखा गया। इस कार्यक्रम में सर्वप्रथम निदेशालय के प्रशासनिक अधिकारी श्री सुबोध नीरज ने अपने विचार व्यक्त किये। तत्पश्चात सतर्कता अधिकारी डॉ. विजय महाजन, ने समस्त कार्मिको से सतर्कता के साथ सत्यनिष्ठा, ईमानदारी एवं पारदर्शिता से कार्य करने का आह्वान किया। निदेशालय की सहायक वित्त एवं लेखा अधिकारी सुश्री विजया एन.चौधरी एवं तकनीकी अधिकारी श्री एन.एल.गोरे ने भी भ्रष्टाचार मुक्त कार्यकलाप करने पर बल दिया। अंत में संस्थान के निदेशक डॉ. जयगोपाल ने विभिन्न प्रकार के भ्रष्टाचार को परिभाषित किया और इनसे मुक्त रहने पर संस्थान को बधाई दी, साथ ही इस संकल्प को बनाये रखते हुए लोक सेवा में, सत्यनिष्ठा, ईमानदारी एवं पारदर्शिता से कार्य करने का आह्वान किया।
प्रशासनिक अधिकारी श्री सुबोध नीरज के धन्यवाद प्रस्ताव के साथ कार्यक्रम सम्पन्न हुआ।

DOGR organizes ATMA training programme

A training programme on “Scientific cultivation of onion and garlic” was organized by Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research under ATMA scheme for 25 farmers from Chandwad taluka of Nashik district. The programme was of 3 days from October 22-24, 2013. It was inaugurated by Dr. Jai Gopal, Director, DOGR. Dr. Jai Gopal welcomed the participants and briefed about the ongoing activities of DOGR for the farmers.  Different topics related to onion and garlic cultivation were covered in the training programme by the scientists of DOGR.  There were in total 9 lectures and 7 practicals. The topics covered were: improved varieties of onion and garlic, nutrient and water management, pest and disease control, postharvest management, value addition, DUS characterization of varieties, seed production, and role of self help groups in improving socio-economic status of farmers. The various agro-practices were demonstrated to farmers with the experiments laid on the Rajgurunagar and Kalus farms of the Directorate. Farmers were exposed to different agro-innovative techniques. They were also taken to onion market. After training programme, interactive session was conducted in which the queries from the farmers were answered by the scientists. In valedictory function, certificates were distributed to the participants. Speaking in valedictory function, Dr. Jai Gopal emphasized on application of Broad Bed Furrow with drip irrigation technology in Nashik district to save crop from water stagnation. He also suggested the village level production of quality onion seed following the guidelines given to farmers during this training. The programme ended with vote of thanks by Dr. S. S. Gadge, coordinator of the training programme.

TSP training programme at KVK, Nandurbar

Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research, Rajgurunagar (DOGR) organized one day training programme under the TSP scheme at KVK, Nandurbar (Maharashtra) on 30th September 2013. It was organized for the benefit of the farmers selected under the TSP scheme who will be undertaking onion and garlic cultivation in the tribal belt of Nandurbar.  The programme was presided over by Shri K.K. Patil, President, Dr. Hegdewar Seva Samiti, Nandurbar, and chaired by Dr. Jai Gopal, Director, DOGR, Rajgurunagar.  Nearly 250 farmers from various villages of Nandurbar attended the programme.  Dr. A.J. Gupta, Sr. Scientist (Hort.) & Nodal Officer, TSP scheme, briefed the farmers about the activities of the TSP programme to be undertaken in this area.  Dr. Jai Gopal and Shri K.K. Patil expressed optimism and appreciated the enthusiasm shown by the farmers in undertaking the onion and garlic cultivation.  The farmers were informed about the DOGR developed onion variety Bhima Shakti and the garlic variety Bhima Omkar which will be promoted in this area.  Mr. Vishwanath, Scientist, DOGR explained the programme on onion seed production to be undertaken by three of the ten selected farmers groups (Bachat Gats). The benefits likely to be accured by the farmers from these programmes were also highlighted.

          In the afternoon “Krishi Tantragyan Mahotsav” was organized by the KVK, Nandurbar for the same group of farmers.  Dr. Jai Gopal, Director (DOGR) was the chief guest for this programme.  Shri Nayak, CEO, Zilla Parishad, Nandurbar; Shri Navale, Director, Dr. Hegdewar Seva Samiti, Nandurbar; Shri Nikam, Project Director, ATMA and Shri Rathi, Deputy Director, Agriculture Department were some of the other dignitaries who graced the occasion.  The farmers were enlightened about the activities of KVK, Nandurbar, package of practices for various crops of importance in this area, environmental issues, marketing strategies of onion, and other specific requirements of the Nandurbar area.  The programme was a grand success and this placed the TSP scheme of DOGR on an optimistic mode.  Shri Lalitji Pathak, Secretary, Dr. Hegdewar Seva Samiti, Nandurbar appreciated the DOGR for undertaking TSP scheme in Nandurbar.  Dr. Patil, Horticulture Specialist of KVK, Nandurbar presented the vote of thanks.

  

DOGR organizes Training cum Demonstration Programme in Wardha district

Training cum demonstration programme on ‘Advance Production Technology of Late Kharif Onion’ was organized by Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research in Wardha district on 25-26 September 2013. The programme was presided over by Shri. Shantaram Sarage, a progressive farmer from Jalgaon village.

Shri. Namdeorao Adhau, a progressive farmer from Akola district was the chief guest. Dr. S. S. Gadge, Sr. Scientist from DOGR was the convenor of this programme. The programme was attended by 50 farmers. The objective of the programme was to train the farmers of Vidarbha region and demonstrate seed treatment and nursery raising technology. Dr. S. S. Gadge, Sr. Scientist delivered a lecture on advance farming of late kharif onion. He highlighted on various kinds of late kharif onion varieties and improved farming technologies developed by DOGR and answered the questions from the farmers. Shri. Namdeorao Adhau, the chief guest narrated his experience of success of producing kharif onion in Vidarbha. After training programme, two demonstrations on seed treatment and nursery raising were conducted at villages Jalgaon Tal. Arvi and Palora Tal. Karanja. The varieties developed by DOGR- Bhima Super, Bhima Raj, Bhima Red, Bhima Shakti, Bhima Shubhra and one local variety were sown in the farm of Shri. Narendra Mule, the progressive farmer of Jalgaon village. Another demonstration was given on the farm of Shri. Liladhar Gakhare of Palora village.

DOGR licenses Bhima Super to Jindal Crop Sciences

In its maiden attempt to commercialize improved onion varieties through public-private partnership, Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research (DOGR) 

licensed onion variety Bhima Super to Jindal Crop Sciences Pvt. Ltd., an ISO 9001:2008 certified company. A Memorandum of understanding (MoU) in this regard was signed by the Director DOGR with Director of Jindal Crop Sciences Pvt. Ltd. on 27-08-2013 at DOGR, Rajgurunagar. Jindal Crop Sciences Pvt. Ltd. located at Jalna (India), is in seed business since 1979 and specialist particularly in onion breeding, production and marketing. The MoU has been formulated as per the ICAR guidelines and approved by the Zonal Technology Management Committee, CIRCOT, Mumbai. As per MoU, DOGR extended a non-exclusive license to Jindal Crop Sciences Pvt. Ltd for seed production and distribution of Bhima Super. Bhima Super is a red onion variety from DOGR that has been recommended for kharif season in Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu. It can also be grown in late kharif. DOGR is confident that the said MoU will promote the widespread adoption of this variety in India and ensure the availability of quality seed to the farmers. 

IMC meeting of DOGR held on 5th August 2013

The 17th meeting of Institute Management Committee (IMC) of the Directorate was held on 5th August 2013 at DOGR, Rajgurunagar, Pune.   It was chaired by Dr. Jai Gopal, Director, DOGR and attended by all other members including Dr. Madhuban Gopal, National Fellow, Division of Agricultural Chemicals, IARI, New Delhi, Dr. G.S. Karibasappa, Principal Scientist, Fruit Crops Division, IIHR, Bangalore, Dr. L. Pugalendhi, Professor, Tapioca and Castor Research Station, Yethapur, Tamilnadu, and Dr. V.Mahajan, Principal Scientist, DOGR. Shri C.M. Wakodkar, AAO, DOGR, Ms. V.N. Chaudhari, AFAO, DOGR, Shri D.B. Mundharikar, PS to Director DOGR and Shri S. Neeraj AO, DOGR and member secretary IMC were also present.

The Director welcomed the committee members and presented the progress report of the Directorate. Dr. V. Mahajan Principal Scientist, presented the Vision 2050 of theDirectorate. All members appreciated the vision 2050 ducument. Director elaborated the aspirations of the directorate for the XII Plan EFC. Dr. Jai Gopal also expressed that the primary focus of DOGR is on innovative measures. The committee discussed the agenda items and approved the works and equipment proposed for 2013-14 in XIIth plan EFC. The members offered valuable suggestions in the light of ICAR guidelines and the need of the directorate. Other agenda items were also approved unanimously by the IMC.  The meeting ended with the vote of thanks by Mr. Subodh Neeraj, Member Secretary, IMC.

DOGR Participates in Annual Zonal Workshop of KVKs of Zone-V 

DOGR actively participated in the Annual Zonal Workshop of KVKs of Zone-V (Andhra Pradesh & Maharashtra) held at Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth (PDKV), Akola during 29-31 July, 2013. The workshop was inaugurated by Dr. K. D. Kokate, DDG (AE), ICAR, New Delhi. Mr. Sanjay Dhotre, Honourable Member of Parliament chaired the function. Dr. N. Sudhakar, Zonal Project Director, Zone-V presented salient achievements of KVKs of Zone-V. Technologies and varieties developed by DOGR were showcased by Dr. S. S. Gadge, Senior Scientist (Agricultural Extension), DOGR, Rajgurunagar, Pune. KVK programme coordinators and officials showed great interest in these technologies. In all, 78 presentations were made by Programme Coordinators in various sessions.  

Dr. N.K. Krishna Kumar, DDG(Horticulture) Visits DOGR

Dr. N.K. Krishna Kumar, Deputy Director General (Horticulture), ICAR, New Delhi visited DOGR on July 5, 2013. Dr. Jai Gopal, Director DOGR formally welcomed the DDG. Dr Krishna Kumar inaugurated the extended building and discussed about its appropriate utilization. He planted a sapling in the premises of new building. The inaugural function was followed by a meeting with scientists. Dr. Krishna Kumar had one-to-one interaction with each scientist, discussed their research projects in detail and offered valuable suggestions. He also visited the laboratories, field experiments and demonstration park wherein relevant kharif technologies of DOGR have been exhibited. He also had a meeting with administrative staff and encouraged them to facilitate the office procedures for efficient working. He praised the DOGR for its well maintained farms and urged that scientists should dedicate fully to the assigned work so that DOGR excels in development and commercialization of products and technologies.

  

DOGR Conducts a Workshop on Scientific Onion Cultivation at Solapur

Directorate of Onion Garlic Research (DOGR), Rajgurunagar conducted a workshop on ‘Scientific Onion Cultivation’ at Wangi Village of Solapur district on July 21, 2013. The event was organized by Lokmangal Sheti Pratik Sriram Pratishthan Mandal (LSPSPM), Wadal, Dist Solapur. The workshop was attended by about 50 onion growers from Wangi and nearby villages. The UG students of Lokmangal Agriculture College, Wadala were also present.  The programme was presided over by Shri Tatyasaheb Sopate, a progressive farmer in the Wangi. Mr. Mandar Pawar and Mr. Salman Shaikh of LSPSPM and Mr. Humane, Agriculture Supervisor, Solapur were also present. Dr. A.A. Murkute, Senior Scientist (Horticulture), DOGR elaborated the different aspects of onion cultivation vis-à-vis scientific inputs pertaining to integrated nutrient management, integrated pest management, micro-irrigation and postharvest management. Farmers’ queries about kharif onion production, mechanization, storage and marketing issues were answered. Farmers expressed the desire to visit DOGR in near future to see the technologies and improved onion cultivation practices developed at DOGR.

 

DOGR organizes Training cum Demonstration Programme for Farmers

A training cum demonstration programme on ‘Advance Production Technology of Kharif Onion’ was organized by DOGR for farmers at Tandali, Tal. Patur, Dist. Akola on June 11, 2013. On the occasion, Dr. S. S. Gadge, Sr. Scientist delivered a lecture on advance technology of kharif onion production. He has also elaborated onion varieties developed by DOGR for kharif season. The queries from the farmers regarding different aspects pertaining to selection of varieties, production practices including nursery management, irrigation, fertilizer application, pest control, etc were also answered after the lecture. Shri. Namdeorao Adhau, a progressive farmer from Patur taluka of Akola district also narrated his success story due to DOGR. The programme ended with vote of thanks given by Shri. Manohar Atkar, a progressive farmer from Tandali. About 50 farmers were present in the programme. After the training programme, Dr. S. S. Gadge also demonstrated the nursery raising techniques to the participants in the field. Seeds (300 gm each) of DOGR developed onion varieties-Bhima Raj, Bhima Red, Bhima Super and Bhima Shubhra along with Baswant 780 were sown on BBF (with drip irrigation) in nursery after treated with thirum (2gm/kg). Seeds were sown at the farm of Shri. Manohar Atkar. The frontline demonstration was also given on June 12, 2013 at the farm of Shri. Dinkar Pore, Sangola village, district Akola. 

 

Recommendation of Onion Varieties of DOGR at National Level 

Five onion varieties of DOGR were recommended for release at national level in recently held workshop of All India Network Research Project on Onion and Garlic (AINRPOG) at Bidhan Chandra Krishi Vishwavidyalaya (BCKV), Kalyani during 18-19 April, 2013. The details of varieties are as follows:

Bhima Super: A red onion variety from DOGR has been identified for release for kharif season in Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu.  It can also be grown in late kharif. It is reported to have an average yield of 20 - 22 t/ha in kharif and 40 - 45 t/ha in late kharif. Bulbs attain maturity within 100-105 days after transplanting (DAT) in kharif and 110 -120 DAT in late kharif. It produces mostly single centered bulbs.

 

Bhima Dark Red: This onion variety from DOGR has been identified for release in Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu for kharif season. Average marketable yield is 20-22 t/ha. It is recommended particularly due to its attractive dark red flat globe bulbs. It attains maturity within 95-100 DAT.

 

Bhima Red: This variety already recommended for rabi season in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, is also recommended for release for kharifseason in Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu. It can also be grown in late kharif. Maturity is 105-110 DAT during kharif and 110-120 DAT during late kharif and rabi seasons. The average marketable yield in kharif season is 19-21 t/ha, in late kharifseason is 48-52 t/ha and it is 30-32 t/ha in rabi season. It can be stored up to 3 months in rabi.

Bhima Shweta: This white onion variety already recommended for rabi, is also recommended for release for kharif in Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu. TSS is around 11-120B and it matures within 110-120 DAT. It has medium keeping quality and can be stored up to 3 months. Average marketable yield during kharif season is 18 - 20 t/ha and in rabi is 26-30 t/ha.

Bhima Shubhra: This white onion variety has been recommended for Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu for kharif season. It is also recommended for late kharif in Maharashtra. It matures in 110-115 DAT during kharif and 120-130 DAT in late kharif. TSS is 10-120B. It is a medium storer with a capacity to tolerate environmental fluctuation. Average marketable yield duringkharif is 18 - 20 t/ha and during late kharif 36-42 t/ha.

Annual Workshop of Onion and Garlic (AINRPOG) organized at BCKV, Kalyani

 

Directorate of Onion & Garlic Research, Rajgurunagar, Pune organized the IVth Annual Workshop of All India Network Research Project on Onion and Garlic at Bidhan Chandra Krishi Vishwavidayalya (BCKV), Kalyani on 18-19 April, 2013.

The inaugural session was chaired by Prof. C. Kole, Vice-chancellor, BCKV, Kalyani. Prof. M.G. Som, Ex-Vice Chancellor, was the chief guest. He emphasized on development of photo and thermo insensitive varieties of onion to face the challenges of climate change. Dr. Jai Gopal, Director, DOGR, presented the project report wherein he elaborated the achievements of AINRPOG and the importance of kharif cultivation to stabilize the onion prices. Prof. C. Kole, Vice Chancellor, BCKV, Kalyani appreciated the scientists for encouraging kharif onion production in West Bengal. He was more concerned about food security, health security and climate change. He highlighted the need of the Trans-geographical agriculture due to decrease in cultivable land and the natural resources.

Dr. N.K. Krishna Kumar (DDG, Horticulture) focused on taking up studies on socioeconomic impacts of onion and garlic and the market trend across the states and regions for these two important vegetable and spice crops. He stressed that there is need to increase productivity along with the quality parameters and development of varieties for specific characters like high medicinal value, processing quality, storability, table and salad purpose for domestic consumption as well as export.

Dr. Vijay Mahajan, Nodal Officer presented action taken report. Dr. V.A. Parthasarathy, Ex-Director, IISR, Calicut, Dr. R.P. Gupta, Director, NHRDF, Nasik, Mr. U.B. Pandey, Ex-Director, NHRDF, Nasik, Prof. B. Mandal, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, BCKV and Mr. Suresh Agrawal, Chairman and Managing Director, Bejo-Sheetal actively participated and gave valuable input for onion and garlic research in the country for the benefit of farmers. Besides them, there were more than 80 participants from 28 network centres across the country, faculty and students of BCKV and representatives from various public and private seed companies. Distinguished scientists and research workers on onion and garlic chaired and co-chaired the various sessions.

The variety identification committee, which met during the workshop, identified two red onion and two white onion varieties for kharif season for various production ecologies in the country. White onion varieties are recommended for the first time particularly for kharif season in India. One variety of garlic was also identified for temperate zone.Two recommendations one on weed control and the other on INM were also made. 

Institute Research Council (IRC) Meet

The 16th Institute Research Council (IRC) meeting of DOGR was held on 25-26 March 2013 at Rajgurunagar, under the chairmanship of Dr. Jai Gopal, Director. Member secretary, IRC welcomed scientists. Director emphasized on carrying out the work as per approved plan, bringing out publications in high impact journals and development and commercialization of technologies at an accelerated pace. All scientists presented the progress reports and salient achievements of the projects. The critical gaps in the ongoing research programmes were discussed at length and the technical programmes for the year 2013-14 were finalized with appropriate suggestions.  Three new scientists who joined DOGR recently presented new project proposals, which was approved after thorough discussion. The meeting ended with vote of thanks.

  

DOGR participated in Rashtriya Kisan Mela

DOGR participated in agricultural exhibition ‘Rashtriya Kisan Mela 2013’ during February 22-23, 2013 at National Research Centre on Citrus, Nagpur. It was inaugurated by Honourable Deputy Director General (Horticulture) of ICAR, Dr. Krishna Kumar. About 30 public and private organizations related to seed, fertilizer, pesticides, agricultural implements, etc participated in it with their stalls. Around 500 farmers visited the exhibition.

DOGR developed technologies were displayed at DOGR stall. DOGR stall received a great response from farmers. There was demand for Marathi publications like Kanda Lagwad, Lasun Utpadan and Kanda Va Lasun Sathawan.

  

Participation of DOGR sports team in ICAR Zonal Tournament

The sports team of DOGR participated in ICAR Zonal Sports Tournament–West Zone 2013 held at National Research Centre on Camel, Bikaner during February 27-March 2, 2013. The team participated in Carom, Chess, Race, Table Tennis and Badminton events. Shri. D. B. Mundharikar of DOGR received a silver medal in carom. DOGR team of badminton also reached in quarter final. 

 

Field Day at Village Devalgaon, Taluka- Patur, Dist. Akola, Maharashtra

A field day on “Improved Cultivation practices for Onion” was organized by DOGR at farmers’ field at village Devalgaon, Taluka Patur, Dist. Akola on 26.2.2013, in collaboration with PDKV, Akola. About 70 onion growers attended the workshop. The programme was chaired by Dr. Jai Gopal, Director, DOGR, Rajgurunagar, Pune and was inaugurated by progressive farmer Krishi Bhushan Shri Dadaraoji Deshmukh. Dr. D.T. Deshmukh, Deputy Director Seed, Dr. S.M. Ghawade, Associate Professor, Dr. M.J. Patil, Assistant Professor, Dr. P.P. Gawande, Assistant Professor and Shri S.M. Sher, Agriculture Assistant from PDKV Akola, Dr. Vijay Mahajan, Principal Scientist, DOGR and progressive onion grower Krishi Bhushan Shri  Namdevraoji Adhau were also present on this occasion.  

Dr. Jai Gopal advised the farmers to adopt advanced technology for cultivation of onion to get better yield along with the quality produce. Farmers should shift cultivation of onion in kharif and late kharif to get more benefit. He emphasized to cultivate new varieties of onion according to season. Dr. Vijay Mahajan delivered lecture on “Production technology of Onion”. He suggested for the use of drip or sprinkler irrigation system to save water, labour and have other added advantages compared to flood irrigation. He also explained the importance of raising healthy nursery, nutrient management, plant protection and storage of onion.  Krishi Bhushan Shri Namdeoraoji shared his experience about cultivation of kharif onion in Vidharbh. He told that four years ago farmers of this area were not aware about cultivation of kharif onion. But after adopting the kharif onion production technology developed by DOGR, kharif onion is becoming popular in Vidharbh region. In Patur taluka the area under kharif cultivation has gone from nil to 4000 acres in last 4 years.  Many farmers are now adopting micro-irrigation for onion cultivation. The programme was followed by farmers’ field visit where on-farm suggestions were given. 

 Training-cum-Awareness Programme on PPV&FR Act Organized by DOGR at KVK, Narayangaon

One day Training-cum-Awareness Programme on “Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Act” for farmers, NGOs, researchers, and students was organised by Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research, Rajgurunagar, Pune in collaboration with Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers Rights Authority (PPV&FRA), New Delhi and KVK, Narayangaon on 14th February, 2013 at KVK, Narayangaon. The training was aimed at creating awareness among the farmers/ scientists/ students/ NGOs/ public at large about the provisions available in Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Act. The programme was coordinated by Dr. A. J. Gupta, Nodal Officer DUS Project and Dr. B. S. Rajput, Programme Coordinator, KVK. The training programme was inaugurated by Shri Anil G. Meher, Chairman, KVK, Narayangaon and chaired by Dr. Jai Gopal, Director, DOGR, Rajgurunagar. A total of 108 participants from different parts of Maharashtra participated in the programme. Dr. Jai Gopal, Director, DOGR formally welcomed the participants, and elaborated the role of PPV&FRA, theme of the training programme and briefed about the research and other activities of DOGR. He apprised the trainees to about their rights envisaged in PPV&FR Act to conserve, improve and make available plant genetic resources for the development of the new plant varieties.

 

Lectures were delivered by experts on different topics. Dr. V. Mahajan briefed about the benefit sharing provisions under PPV&FRA. Dr. A.J. Gupta, Nodal Officer, DUS Project spoke about DUS testing and varietal details of onion and garlic, which are essential for registering new varieties under PPV&FRA. Dr. B. S. Rajput made the audience aware about how to fill the registration form. This was followed by feedback from the farmers and practical demonstration of recording data according to DUS guidelines. A field visit was also organized for the farmers to acquaint them with the latest technologies and cultural practices at KVK Narayangaon. In the end, participation certificates were awarded to all the participants. 

    

DOGR organized a workshop on Opportunities in Vidarbha for onion and garlic cultivation

A workshop on “Opportunities in Vidarbha for onion and garlic cultivation” was organized by Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research (DOGR), Rajgurunagar, Pune on 27/1/2013 in National level Agricultural Exhibition “Agro Vision 2013” at Reshimbag, Nagpur. Dr. S. S. Gadge, Sr. Scientist delivered a lecture with AV aids on “Onion and garlic cultivation opportunities in Vidarbha region”. He also elaborated about onion and garlic varieties developed by DOGR. Dr. A. A. Murkute, Sr. Scientist gave presentation on “Post harvest management of onion and garlic and cold chain arrangement”. Progressive farmer from Patur district narrated his success story of onion and garlic production in Vidarbha situation. Different aspects pertaining to selection of varieties, production practices including irrigation, fertilizer application and pest control and post harvest management were covered during the workshop. The queries from the farmers were also answered by both the scientists during the workshop. About 150 farmers attended the workshop.

   

Traning-cum-Awareness Programme on PPV&FRA Organized by DOGR  

A workshop on “Opportunities in Vidarbha for onion and garlic cultivation” was organized by Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research (DOGR), Rajgurunagar, Pune on 27/1/2013 in National level Agricultural Exhibition “Agro Vision 2013” at Reshimbag, Nagpur. Dr. S. S. Gadge, Sr. Scientist delivered a lecture with AV aids on “Onion and garlic cultivation opportunities in Vidarbha region”. He also elaborated about onion and garlic varieties developed by DOGR. Dr. A. A. Murkute, Sr. Scientist gave presentation on “Post harvest management of onion and garlic and cold chain arrangement”. Progressive farmer from Patur district narrated his success story of onion and garlic production in Vidarbha situation. Different aspects pertaining to selection of varieties, production practices including irrigation, fertilizer application and pest control and post harvest management were covered during the workshop. The queries from the farmers were also answered by both the scientists during the workshop. About 150 farmers attended the workshop.

  

Dr. Jai Gopal, Director, DOGR formally welcomed the participants, and elaborated the role of PPV&FRA, theme of the training programme and briefed about the research and other activities of DOGR. Lectures were delivered by experts on different topics. Dr. V. Mahajan briefed about the benefit sharing provisions under PPV&FRA. Dr. A.J. Gupta, Nodal Officer, DUS Project spoke about Distinctness, Uniformity and Stability (DUS) and varietal details of onion and garlic, which are essential for registering new varieties under PPV&FRA. Dr. Anil Khar made the audience aware about how to fill the registration form.

The dignitaries welcomed the initiative of DOGR for timely organization of this training programme and emphasized that there is a scope for registering farmers’ varieties especially in onion and garlic. They also urged that the farmers should educate other farmers in their vicinity. The programme ended with distribution of certificates to the participants followed by vote of thanks by Dr. A.J. Gupta. A field visit was also organized for the farmers to acquaint them with the latest technologies and cultural practices in onion and garlic. 

DOGR Exhibition at Agrowon 2012 and Kisan 2012

DOGR participated in agricultural exhibition ‘Agrowon Agri Expo 2012’ during 1st – 5th December 2012 at College of Agriculture, Pune organized by Sakal Media Group, Pune. It was inaugurated by Honourable Union Minister of Agriculture Shri. Sharad Pawar. Around 200 public and private organizations related to seed, agricultural implements, etc participated in it with their stalls. Around two lakh farmers from different states visited the exhibition.

DOGR also participated in agricultural exhibition ‘Kisan Agri Expo 2012’ during 12th – 16th December 2012 at Moshi, Pune organized by Kisan Forum Pvt Ltd, Pune. It was inaugurated by the five farmers who were first to visit Expo. Around 400 organizations participated in it with their stalls. Around five lakh farmers from different states visited the exhibition.

 

DOGR stall received a great response from farmers and large numbers of publications were sold out in these exhibitions. There was huge demand for Marathi publications like Kanda Lagwad, Lasun Utpadan and Kanda Va Lasun Sathawan. DOGR developed technologies, onion varieties such as Bhima Super, Bhima Raj, Bhima Red, Bhima Kiran, Bhima Shakti, Bhima Shubhra and Bhima Shweta and garlic varieties such as Bhima Omkar and Bhima Purple were demonstrated in these exhibitions.

Research Advisory Committee Meeting of the Directorate

The fifteenth RAC meeting of DOGR was held on November 5-6, 2012. Dr. B.S. Dhankhar, Former Assistant Director General (VC), ICAR, New Delhi chaired the meeting. Other RAC members were Prof. M. Udayakumar, UAS, Bangalore, Dr. Hari Har Ram, Vice President (R&D) Krishidhan Seeds Pvt. Ltd., Dr. S.J. Singh, Former Head, IARI Regional Station, Pune, Dr. Umesh Srivastava, ADG (Vegetable Crops) ICAR, New Delhi, Dr. R.P. Gupta, Director, NHRDF, Nashik, Dr. Jai Gopal, Director DOGR and Dr. C.R. Ramesh, Member Secretary. All scientists of DOGR were also present in the meeting. Dr Jai Gopal, Director felicitated the Chairman and other members and briefed the RAC about the salient achievements of DOGR and the proposed programmes. Dr. C.R. Ramesh presented the Action Taken Report. The progress reports and future plans of the different programmes were presented by respective scientists. Each presentation was followed by in depth discussion. The issues of impact of climate change on onion and garlic production, flower induction in garlic and molecular breeding for quality attributes were highlighted. The thought provoking interaction of RAC with DOGR scientists led to many important recommendations in different disciplines and helped to prioritize the R&D endeavors. Efforts were also made to streamline the research programmes in the light of XII EFC. A visit to field experiments at Rajgurunagar and Manjri farms was also organized for RAC members. 

सतर्कता सप्ताह का आयोजन

 

केन्‍द्रीय सतर्कता आयोग, भारत सरकार, नई दिल्‍ली और भा. कृ. अनु. परिषद के आदेशानुसार इस वर्ष भी सतर्कता जागरूकता सप्‍ताह दिनांक 29 अक्‍टूबर 2012 से 2 नवम्‍बर 2012 तक मनाया गया ।  इस वर्ष सतर्कता सप्‍ताह का विषय था सार्वजनिक खरीद में पारदर्शिता।  सतर्कता सप्‍ताह के दौरान दिनांक  29 अक्‍टूबर 2012 को निदेशालय के समस्‍त कार्मिको ने प्रात: 11 बजे सभा कक्ष में लोक सेवा, सत्‍यनिष्‍ठा, ईमानदारी, पारदर्शिता एवं अपने संस्‍थान को भ्रष्‍टाचर रहित बनाए  रखने के लिए प्रतिज्ञा ली ।  जिसके प्रचार प्रसार के लिए निदेशालय के मुख्‍य प्रवेश द्वार पर बैनर एवं सूचनापट्ट पर परिपत्रो द्वारा जागरूकता लाने का प्रयास किया गया ।

सतर्कता सप्‍ताह के समापन समारोह का कार्यक्रम दिनांक 02 नवम्‍बर 2012 को अपरान्‍ह 3.30 बजे रखा गया । जिसमें निदेशालय के सतर्कता अधिकारी डॉ. विजय महाजन, प्रशासनिक अधिकारी श्री सुबोध नीरज, एवं संस्‍थान के निदेशक डॉ. जयगोपाल ने अपने विचार व्‍यक्‍त किये, जिसमें विशेष रूप से समस्‍त कार्मिको से आवहान किया कि सतर्कता सप्‍ताह को केवल औपचारिकता मात्र न माना जाएं बल्कि अपने वास्‍तविक जीवन में आत्‍म सात किया जाना चाहिए एवं सार्वजनिक खरीद में नियमों का पूर्णत: पालन किया जाना चाहिए जिससे हमारे द्वारा किये गये कार्यो की पारदर्शिता झलकती रहे । निदेशक महोदय के विचारो के साथ ही सतर्कता जागरूकता सप्‍ताह का समापन सम्‍पन्‍न हुआ ।

हिन्दी सप्ताह का आयोजन

प्‍याज एवं लहसुन अनुसंधान निदेशालय, राजगुरूनगर, पुणे में दिनांक 14/09/012 से 20/09/2012 तक हिन्‍दी सप्‍ताह मनाया गया, जिसमें दिनांक 14/09/012 को हिन्‍दी दिवस के दिन हिन्‍दी कार्यशाला का आयोजन रखा गया था। हिन्‍दी कार्यशाला में श्री आर. पी. वर्मा, वरिष्‍ठ सहायक निदेशक(राजभाषा), हिन्‍दी शिक्षण योजना, राजभाषा विभाग, पुणे (महाराष्‍ट्र), ने कम्‍प्‍यूटरो में युनीकोड़ के माध्‍यम से हिन्‍दी एवं अन्‍य सभी भारतीय भाषाओं में कार्य करने से अवगत कराया, जिसमें अन्‍य भाषाओं से संबंधित साफ्टवेयर लोड करने की आवश्‍यकता  नही होती। यह सुविधा कम्‍प्‍यूटरो में पहले से ही उपलब्‍ध होती है । य‍ह बहुत ही उपयुक्‍त जानकारी थी जिसका लाभ निदेशालय के समस्‍त अधिकारियों एवं कर्मचारियों ने लिया।      

हिन्‍दी सप्‍ताह के दौरान निदेशालय में प्रश्‍न मंजुषा, शुध्‍द लेखन, हिन्‍दी अनुवाद, वाद-विवाद, कविता पाठ एवं निबंध प्रतियोगिताओं का आयोजन किया गया था जिसमें समस्‍त अधिकारियों/कर्मचारियों ने बढ़चढ़ कर भाग लिया ।  

    

हिन्‍दी सप्‍ताह समापन समारोह का कार्यक्रम दिनॉंक 20/09/2012 को सुबह मुख्‍य अतिथि महोदय डॉ. सुनील केशव देवधर, कार्यक्रम अधिकारी,आकाशवाणी केन्‍द्र पुणे की अध्‍यक्षता में सम्‍पन्‍न हुआ । जिसमें डॉ. विजय महाजन के सूत्र संचालन में सर्व प्रथम मुख्‍य अतिथि महोदय का डॉ. जयगोपाल, निदेशक, प्‍याज एवं लहसुन अनुसंधान निदेशालय, राजगुरूनगर, पुणे द्वारा पुष्‍प गुच्‍छ, श्रीफल, शाल एवं निदेशालय का स्‍मृति चिन्‍ह सप्रेम भेट दे कर स्‍वागत किया गया । इसके पश्‍चात निदेशक महोदय ने मुख्‍य अतिथि महोदय को निदेशालय की उपल‍ब्धियों से अवगत कराया एवं हिन्‍दी में किये जा रहे कार्यो की जानकारी दी ।  मुख्‍य अतिथि महोदय के द्वारा विजेताओं को पुरस्‍कार वितरित किये गये एवं अध्‍यक्षीय भाषण में हिन्‍दी भाषा को राजभाषा से राष्‍ट्रभाषा बोलने में जो संकोच होता है, उस पर अपना मत व्‍यक्‍त किया तथा हिन्‍दी को एक मत से राष्‍ट्रभाषा का दर्जा देने के लिए आह्वान किया । श्री सुबोध नीरज, प्रशासनिक अधिकारी के आभार प्रदर्शन के साथ हिन्‍दी सप्‍ताह का सफलता पूर्वक समापन हुआ । 

Institute Management Committee meet at DOGR 

The 16th meeting of Institute Management Committee (IMC) of Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research (DOGR) was held on August 27, 2012 at DOGR, Rajgurunagar, Pune.   It was chaired by Dr. Jai Gopal, Director, DOGR and attended by all other members including Dr. Madhuban Gopal, National Fellow, Division of Agri. Chemicals,  IARI, New Delhi, Dr. G.S. Karibasappa, Principal Scientist, NRC for Grapes, Pune and Dr. L. Pugalendhi, Professor & Head, Deptt. of Vegetable Crops, TNAU, Coimbatore.

The Director welcomed the committee members and gave a presentation about the activities of the directorate, progress report and significant achievements. He elaborated the aspirations of the directorate for the XII Plan EFC. Dr. Jai Gopal also expressed that the primary focus of DOGR is on innovative measures and to provide healthy working ambience. Following the chairman’s remarks, the committee discussed the agenda items. The members offered valuable suggestions in the light of ICAR guidelines and the need of the directorate. QRT recommendations, purchase of spill over items and other agenda items were approved by IMC.  The meeting ended with the vote of thanks by Mr. Subodh Neeraj, Member Secretary, IMC. The IMC members also visited the different sections and laboratories of the directorate and discussed various issues with the scientists and the staff to accommodate their views amicably.

III Group Meeting on AINRP on Onion and Garlic Research

The third group meeting of All India Network Research Project on Onion and Garlic Research, was held at Junagadh Agricultural University, Junagadh on 22-23rd June, 2012. Scientists from different parts of the country from public and private sectors participated in the group meeting to formulate and conduct the research programmes in the country. The meeting was inaugurated and chaired by Shri Dileep Sanghani, Hon’ble Minister of Agriculture, Animal Husbandary, Fisheries & Cow breeding, Prison, Law & Justice, Legislative & Parliamentary Affairs, Government of Gujarat, and Co-chaired by Shri Kanubhai Bhalala, Hon’ble Minister of State, Agriculture & Water Resources. They emphasized the importance of onion & garlic in daily life and export. Dr. K.E. Lawande, Vice Chancellor, BSKKV, Dapoli was the chief guest. He advised to develop varieties and hybrids resistant to pests and diseases besides increasing the storage capacity of onion in onion growing areas. Dr. N.C. Patel, Vice Chancellor, JAU, Junagadh was guest of honour. He gave priority to mechanization of onion & garlic cultivation. Dr. Jai Gopal, Director, DOGR in his key note address introduced the importance of onion & garlic network project and its achievements and ongoing research programmes. He also spoke about national and international status of these important crops and researchable issues to increase productivity and stabilize production. Dr. C.J. Dangaria, DRS, JAU, Junagadh spoke about the achievements of the University and welcomed the guests. Organizing Secretary of the group meeting was Dr. L.K. Dhaduk, Research Scientist (Garlic & Onion), JAU. He proposed vote of thanks during inaugural session.

Inaugural session was followed by technical sessions. Research achievements and planning of next year experiments were thoroughly discussed. Dr. B.S. Dhankhar, Ex ADG (Hort), Dr. P.S. Naik, Director, IIVR, Dr. B. Singh, Project Co-ordinator(VC), Shri U.B. Pandey, Ex Director, NHRDF, Dr. P. Kalia, Head, Division of Veg. Crops, IARI, New Delh, Dr. I.U. Dhruj, ADR, JAU, Junagadh were invited experts. They acted as Chairman/Co-Chairman of various sessions. Plenary session was chaired by Dr. N.C. Patel, Vice Chancellor and co-chaired by Dr. B.S. Dhankhar, Ex ADG (VC). Vote of thanks was proposed by Dr. Vijay Mahajan, Nodal Officer, AINRPOG & Principal Scientist, DOGR. An exhibition of DOGR varieties and technologies were also arranged on the occasion for the benefit of participants and farmers. The two days deliberations were fruitful and the meeting was a grand success, as was evident from its appreciation by one and all.

DOGR Celebrates Foundation Day

Foundation Day of Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research (DOGR) was celebrated on June 16, 2012 to commemorate glorious past, vibrant present and promising future. Founded in the name of National Research Centre for Onion and Garlic Research in 1994 at Nashik, Maharashtra, it was rechristened as Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research in 2008 by virtue of augmented responsibilities of All India Network Research Project on Onion and Garlic. Dr Jai Gopal, Director DOGR extended warm welcome to dignitaries and participants including farmers. In welcome address he focused on the ramifications of onion and garlic industry in the country. He also elaborated the various endeavors being taken by DOGR to enhance production and productivity of onion and garlic. The foundation day lecture was delivered by Dr K.E. Lawande, Vice Chancellor, Dr. BS Konkan Krishi Vidyapeeth, Dapoli. He revealed that varieties released by DOGR are being well adopted and doing excellent in the country. Dr Lawande emphasized that the country needs to store about 40 lakh ton of onion to stabilize supply chain and commended the designs of storage structures developed by DOGR. Chief Guest of the function Mr. Dilip Mohite Patil, MLA, Khed, discussed the adverse effects of industrialization on the agriculture and shrinkage of arable land. He advocated the pro-farmers’ policies including minimum support price, and adequate compensation in adversaries. The progressive farmers were felicitated on the occasion who also shared their experiences. Dr V. Mahajan coordinated the programme and proposed vote of thanks.

Mr. Dilip Mohite Patil addressing the gathering Dr. Jai Gopal felicitating Mr. Vishnu Jare, a progressive farmer

Chairman ASRB Visits DOGR 

Dr. Gurbachan Singh, Chairman, Agricultural Scientists’ Recruitment Board (ASRB) visited DOGR on April 17, 2012. Dr Jai Gopal, Director DOGR received the Hon’ble chairman and briefed him about the various activities of the Directorate. Dr Singh visited the institute’s farm and had comprehensive discussions on the on-going projects and related R&D activities. He also visited all the laboratories of the Directorate. Dr Gurbachan Singh praised the cleanliness in the campus and appropriately laid out experiments in the field. He elaborated innovative steps which are being taken up by ASRB and solicited the suggestions from the scientists to improve the system of assessment and recruitment of scientific staff. 

DOGR organized trainiing programme for farmers  

 

DOGR organized three days farmers training programme on 'Scientific Cultivation of Onion and Garlic' during 5-7 March 2012 sponsored by Taluka Agricultural Officer, Bhusaval, District Jalgaon under ATMA scheme for 15 farmers. The farmers were enlightened with the various aspects of scientific cultivation of onion and garlic through lectures followed by field and onion market. They have also been exposed to the packaging of onion for export 

Stakeholders Meeting organized at DOGR

 

A stakeholders meeting was convened on 30th Jan. 2012 to prioritize research programmes for finalization of XIIth plan. It was attended by representatives from KVKs, private companies, SAUs, state department officials and farmers. The meeting was started at 11:00AM. Dr CR Ramesh, Principal Scientist, DOGR, stressed upon the importance of stakeholders meet for finalization of XIIth plan. Dr Jai Gopal, Director, DOGR briefed about the ongoing research activities at DOGR. Dr UB Pandey, Principal Scientist, JISL, Jalgaon gave overall account of researchable issues in onion and garlic from industries point of view. Mr DM Sable, Project manager, MSAMB, Pune talked on problems and prospects in onion and garlic marketing. Mr J. Jadhav, Joint Director (Horticulture) talked on Prospects and Problem of Onion and Garlic cultivation in Maharashtra State. Dr Ulmek, Assoc. Dean, MPKV, Pune, stressed upon the need of conserving indigenous germplasm and landraces. Onion farmers, Mr SD Padekar and Mr Uddhav Khedkar gave overall accounts of researchable issues in Onion and Garlic from farmers’ point of view.  

Dr. Jai Gopal has taken over the Charge of Director

 

 Dr.jai Gopal (25 October 1954) took over charge of Director on 9th Jan. 2012.  Earlier he was head and Principal Scientist Division of Crop Improvement, Central Potato Research insttiute, Shimla. He has contributed significantly to agricultural research particularly to potato breeding. His work has been published nationally and internationally in reputed journals which are well cited. DOGR will surely be benefited by his excellence and talents in agricultural research.

14th RAC held at DOGR

 

14th RAC meeting of DOGR chaired by Dr. B.S. Dhankhar and members, Prof. M. Udayakumar, Prof. A.N. Maurya, Dr. Hari Har Ram, Dr. S.J. Singh, Dr. Umesh Srivastava, Dr. C.R. Ramesh, Mr. Dilip Mohite Patil, Mr. Viktram Tryambak Awachat (Non Official Members),  Dr. S. R. Bhat and Dr. Anil Kush (expert invited) and all the scientists  participated, was held on 21-22 Nov. 2011. The highlight of RAC is that three lectures  delivered by two RAC members and one by an invitee on "Approaches to improve stress adaptation of crops", "Biotechnological interventions in onion and garlic improvement", "Onion Breeding and Seed Production in India-Perception and Facts".    Followed by scientists group interactions with the RAC members facilitated in arriving at recommendations streamlining the whole research programmes of the institute. Some of the researchable issues which emerged  were on climate change on onion and garlic production, flower induction in garlic and identification of photo insensitive garlic. The meeting was followed by farmers field trip.

Dr. S. Ayyapan, Director General, ICAR, New Delhi visited DOGR

Dr. S. Ayyapan, Secretary, DARE and Director General, ICAR, New Delhi along with Dr. Vasudevappa, Sr. Executive Director, National Fisheries Development Board, Dr. Bharat Dhokane Patil , Chairman, Hindistan Agro Co-op. Ltd.,  Director of Horticulture (Hort.), Govt. of Maharashtra, Pune  visited DOGR on 27 Oct 2011.

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