Annual Group Meeting and Brain-Storming Session on Onion and Garlic Organized

15th March 2014, Nashik

The 5th 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 (DOGR), Rajgurunagar, Pune at National Horticultural Research and Development Foundation (NHRDF), Nashik during 13-15th March 2014.

Dr. G. Kalloo, former DDG (Horticulture), ICAR and former Vice Chancellor, Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwa Vidyalaya (JNKVV), Jabalpur chaired the inaugural session of the Annual Group Meeting. He highlighted the importance of Allium species and need to stabilize the onion supply.

Dr. K.E. Lawande, Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Balasaheb Sawant Konkan Krishi Vidyapeeth, Dapoli and the Chief Guest of the occasion emphasized on increasing the area and productivity in kharif season to stabilize the market price of onion.

Dr. N.K. Krishna Kumar, DDG (Horticulture), 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 production of onion and garlic. He stressed on the need of developing varieties with specific characters and having high export potential. 

Dr. S.K. Malhotra, ADG (Horticulture), ICAR explained the development of codex parameters for various horticultural crops including onion and garlic.

Dr. Jai Gopal, Director, DOGR presented the project report and elaborated on the activities and achievements of AINRPOG.

The variety identification committee of the group meeting identified three garlic varieties for long day and one for short day conditions. Recommendations on production technology and crop protection were also made.

While, in the Brain-Storming Session lectures were delivered by the scientists on relevant topics. An open discussion on the various presentations and significant recommendations was also organized.

Over 100 delegates including Dr. Vijay Mahajan, Nodal Officer, 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-Additional Director, NHRDF, Nashik; Dr. C.S. Pathak, Advisor, Nath Seeds, Aurangabad; and Mr. Suresh Agarwal, Chief Executive, Bejo Sheetal, Jalna participated in the programme.

(Source: Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research, Pune)