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.
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.
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.
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.
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.