Onion and garlic are the world famous spice commodities used for flavouring the dishes. Besides culinary purposes, these are considered as valuable medicinal plants. The fungicidal and insecticidal properties of garlic are well established. Dehydrated powder & flakes and paste prepared out of onion and garlic provide rich agro-industrial base for these commodities.
Realizing the importance of onion and garlic in the country, ICAR established National Research Centre for Onion and Garlic in VIII Plan with its headquarter at Nasik in 1994. However, due to some working constraints, the Centre was shifted to Rajgurunagar on 16 June 1998. Over the years, the centre has created good facilities for field and laboratory work. The centre has been upgraded to Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research since December 2008. Besides this, an All India Network Project on Onion & Garlic with 28 participating centres all over the country has been established.
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.