18th April, 2013, Kalyani
Directorate of Onion & Garlic Research, 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.
Prof. C. Kole, Vice-chancellor, BCKV chaired the inaugural session. He appreciated scientists for encouraging kharif onion production in West Bengal and highlighted the need of the trans-geographical agriculture due to decrease in cultivable land and the natural resources.
Prof. M.G. Som, Ex-Vice Chancellor, BCKV emphasized on development of photo and thermo insensitive varieties of onion to face the challenges of climate change while addressing as Chief Guest. 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.
Dr. N.K. Krishna Kumar, Deputy Director General (Horticulture) focused on taking up studies on socio-economic 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 inputs for onion and garlic research in the country. More than 80 delegates from 28 network centres across the country, faculty and students of BCKV and representatives from various public and private seed companies participated in the event.
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.
(Source: DOGR, Pune)