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ICAR - Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research

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. 


Annual Workshop of Onion & Garlic (AINRPOG) organized at Durgapura, Jaipur

ICAR-Directorate of Onion & Garlic Research (DOGR), Rajgurunagar, Pune organized the VIIIth Annual Group meeting of All India Network Research Project on Onion and Garlic at Rajasthan Agricultural Research Institute (RARI), Durgapura, Jaipur on 1-2 July, 2017. 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. A.K. Singh, DDG (HS), New Delhi. Dr. G. Kalloo, Ex-Vice Chancellor, JNKVV, Jabalpur and Ex-DDG (Horticulture & Crop Science) and Dr. K.E. Lawande, Ex-Vice Chancellor, DrBSKKV, Dapoli and Ex-Director, ICAR-DOGR, Pune were guests of honour. Welcome address was given by Dr. S. J. Singh, Director Research, RARI, Jaipur. Dr. Major Singh, Director, ICAR-DOGR, presented the project report wherein he elaborated about AINRPOG and its achievements, with the importance of this crop in day to day life. Emphasis was laid on multiplication of seed of developed varieties for the farmers. Dr. Vijay Mahajan, Nodal Officer presented action taken report. Dr. T. Janakiram, ADG (HS), Dr. R.P. Gupta, Ex-Director, NHRDF, Nasik, Dr. V. K. Yadav, Director Research Services, Jobner,  Dr. B. Singh, President, NHRDF, New Delhi, Dr. P.K. Gupta, Director (Act.), NHRDF, New Delhi were special invitee and gave valuable input for refining the technical programme of AINRPOG. Recommendation were finalized in plenary session which was chaired by  A.K. Singh, DDG (HS), New Delhi, ICAR, New Delhi. Dr. P.S. Rathore, Vice-Chancellor, SKNAU, Jobner was chief guest on this occasion. Dr. S.K. Khandelwal was organizing Secretary for the group meeting at RARI, Jaipur.

A varietal release committee under the Chairmanship of Dr. K.E. Lawande, with members Dr. R. P.  Gupta,  Dr. A.S. Dhatt and Dr. Vijay Mahajan recommended Sel. 153-1 (OSR-1347) red onion variety from IARI for release in Zone II (Delhi, Rajasthan, Haryana, J&K Jammu and Punjab) for rabi season and Col. 819 (OSR-1344) red onion variety from NHRDF for release in Zone II (Delhi, Rajasthan, Haryana, J&K Jammu and Punjab) and Zone V (Gujarat & Maharashtra) for rabi season.


ICAR-DOGR Celebrates Foundation Day

ICAR-Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research, Rajgurunagar celebrated its 20th Foundation Day on 16 June 2017. Besides the present and past ICAR-DOGR staff, the programme was attended by 40 progressive farmers from ICAR-DOGR adopted villages under Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav scheme. Dr. K. E. Lawande, Ex-Director, ICAR-DOGR & Ex-Vice Chancellor, BSKKV, Dapoli was the Chief Guest and Dr. S. D. Sawant, Director, ICAR-NRC Grapes, Pune, Dr. K. V. Prasad, ICAR-DFR, Pune and Dr. Lakhan Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Pune were the guests of honour. Dr. Vijay Mahajan, Acting Director, ICAR-DOGR welcomed the guests and summarized ICAR-DOGR achievements. The Chief Guest and guests of honour appreciated the work being done by the Directorate and congratulated the staff. Five progressive farmers of onion and garlic were felicitated on this occasion. Retired employees of the Directorate were also felicitated for their services to the Directorate. ICAR-DOGR publication “Kanda Sathvan’ was also released on this occasion. A talk on advanced cultivation technologies of onion and garlic was delivered by Dr. S. S. Gadge, Senior Scientist (Agricultural Extension) for the benefit of the farmers. They were also shown the onion and garlic activities being carried out at the Directorate. Dr. Gadge expressed vote of thanks at the end of the programme.



ICAR-DOGR Celebrates Swachh Bharat Pakhwara

ICAR-Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research, Rajgurunagar, Pune observed Swachh Bharat Pakhwara (Clean India Fortnight) under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan from 16th to 31st May, 2017. During the period, cleaning activities were carried out within premises of the Directorate. Awareness was imparted on the importance of cleanliness, hygiene, waste disposal, etc. through various training programmes conducted by the groups of scientists in the villages adopted under Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav scheme. Cleaning activities were carried out at the public places of these villages by involving the villagers. Display boards with quotes of cleanliness were displayed at the campus. Awareness of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan was also extended to the farmers, officers and students visiting the Directorate.




Padma Shree Dr. K. L. Chaddha, Ex-DDG (Horticulture) and President, India Society of Horticulture, New Delhi, visited ICAR-DOGR on 1st May, 2017 along with ADG (Hort.), ICAR, New Delhi. Dr. Major Singh, Director, ICAR-DOGR, welcomed the dignitaries and gave brief introduction and assured to take necessary steps for overall activities for the benefit of the Directorate and the farmers. Dr. Vijay Mahajan, Principal Scientist, briefed about the directorate and its achievements. Dr. K. L. Chaddha, a renowned horticulturist and visionary, who was a key person to initiate this centre as NRC in VIII Plan,  briefed about the origin of this Directorate and efforts he made to bring in present shape. He encouraged young scientists and staff to work together with zeal for the benefit of the farmers and country and showed his keen interest for further guidance and support in future. He was concerned about the food security and increasing the productivity. Dr. W.S. Dhillon, ADG (Hort.), in his address gave valuable suggestions in the area of research and assured full support from ICAR. He emphasized about the importance of the crop and to focus on the development of economically viable storage structures. On this occasion a technical folder on “Raising of onion nursery” in Hindi as well as in Marathi was released by the dignitaries. Later both the dignitaries visited laboratories and research farm and appreciated about the activities and achievements of this Directorate. Meeting was ended with vote of thanks by Dr. S.S. Gadge and National Anthem.  




Staff Welfare Committee welcomes new Director, Dr. Major Singh

On behalf of the ICAR- DOGR staffs, Staff Welfare Committee welcomes new Director, Dr. Major Singh who took charge on 13th April 2017. Earlier he was Project Coordinator, All India Coordinated Research Project on Vegetable Crops, ICAR-IIVR, Varanasi. Dr. Major Singh is known nationally and internationally for his contribution to agricultural research particularly in vegetable breeding and biotechnology. He received his Ph.D. in Genetics and Plant Breeding from CCS University, Hisar and M. Sc. Ag. from GB Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar. He has been serving ICAR for last 30 years in various capacities (Scientist, Sr. Scientist, Principal Scientist, Head, Division of Crop Improvement, ICAR-IIVR, Varanasi, Project Coordinator, AICRP(VC), ICAR-IIVR, Varanasi. During the programme, Dr. Vijay Mahajan, Principal Scientist and Former Acting Director, ICAR- DOGR, officially welcomed the new Director and gave his best wishes on behalf of the staff. Dr. Major Singh addressed the house and assured his full support for the welfare of the institute, farmer and nation. ICAR-DOGR will surely be benefited by his able guidance and support.


Dr. Major Singh has taken over the Charge of Director

Dr. Major Singh (20 June 1960) took over charge of Director on 13th April 2017.  Earlier he was Project Coordinator, All India Coordinated Research Project on Vegetable Crops, ICAR-IIVR, Varanasi. He has contributed significantly to agricultural research particularly to vegetable breeding. His work has been published nationally and internationally in reputed journals which are well cited. ICAR-DOGR will surely be benefited by his excellence and talents in vegetable research.


ICAR-DOGR Mobile App launched by Dr. T. Janakiram, ADG (Horticulture)

ICTs play a key role in transfer of the information from the institutes to the farmers and other beneficiaries and their importance in Agriculture is increasing day by day. In this direction ICAR-DOGR has made an attempt to disseminate the information on onion and garlic cultivation to more farmers through their mobile. ICAR-DOGR has developed a Mobile App in which the farmers can readily access the information on the Directorate, improved onion and garlic cultivation practices, onion and garlic varieties developed by the Directorate and their unique characteristics, monthly advisory to keep the farmers alert based on the monthly climatic changes and technologies developed, besides the information on location and contact numbers. The Mobile App of the ICAR-DOGR was launched by Dr. T. Janakiram, ADG (Horticulture) on 04/02/2017 at ICAR-DOGR, Rajgurunagar which is compiled and edited by Dr. Vijay Mahajan, Dr. Kalyani Gorrepati and Dr. S.S. Gadge. Dr. T. Janakiram appreciated efforts of the Directorate to benefit the farmers/stakeholders and augment the visibility of the Directorate through another mile-stone in the form of Mobile App. The Mobile App is made in two languages (English and Hindi) and ICAR-DOGR will make efforts for continuous improvement and also to make it available in different languages.

Farmers/stakeholders can access the ICAR-DOGR Mobile App by following the below mentioned steps.

Download and install mobiSD Connect App from Google play  

Scan QR code to get DOGR App     


Add to book mark for further use


Download and install mobiSD Connect App from Google play     

Go to social directory     

Find DOGR logo      

Click on it

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ADG (Horticulture Science) visited ICAR-DOGR

Dr. T. Jankiram, Assistant Director General (Horticulture Science), Indian Council of Agricultural Research visited ICAR-DOGR on 4 February, 2017 and monitored the activities at research farm, laboratories and Exhibition cum Communication Centre of the Directorate. A meeting of ADG with ICAR-DOGR staff was conducted on this occasion. Dr. Vijay Mahajan, Director (Acting) welcomed ADG and highlighted achievements of the Directorate. Honourable ADG launched the Mobile App for onion and garlic farmers developed by Dr. Vijay Mahajan, Dr. Kalyani Gorrepati and Dr. S. S. Gadge of the Directorate. ADG interacted with scientists and other staff of ICAR-DOGR. He expressed pleasure about cordial environment, well planned experiments and clean campus. He appreciated the work and achievements of the Directorate and gave valuable suggestions for further improvement. He advised to bringing up success stories of the technologies developed by the Directorate. Dr. Jankiram assured full support of ICAR to the Directorate in positive development and encouraged young scientists for carrying out fruitful research work. A meeting ended with vote of thanks given by Dr. S. S. Gadge.



Bhima Super and Bhima Shakti Recommended for Notification

Two red onion varieties viz.; Bhima Super and Bhima Shakti of ICAR-DOGR have been recommended for notification vide Minutes of the 24th Meeting of Central Sub-Committee on Crop Standards, Notifications and Release of Varieties for Horticultural Crops held under the Chairmanship of Dr. A. K. Singh, DDG (Hort.), ICAR, Krishi Bhavan, New Delhi on 22.9.2016 (No. 3-50/2016-SD.IV dated 02.11.2016).


Recommended Area

Salient features

Bhima Super


Kharif season: Zone II, IV, V and VI (Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Jammu, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra,  Orissa, Punjab, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu

Attractive red bulbs, maturity 100-105 days after transplanting, average yield 22-26 t/ha, potential yield 48 t/ha, 30-45 days bulbs storability. Very less frequency of doubles and bolters. Maximum number of single centered bulbs, suitable for making dehydrated rings as well as salad.

Bhima Shakti



Rabi season: Zone V and VI i.e. Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Orissa

Attractive red bulbs, maturity 125-135 days after transplanting, average yield 32-36 t/ha in rabi with potential yield up to 52 t/ha, very good bulbs storability up to five months. Its bulb attains immediate attractive red colour after harvest with uniform neck-fall. It is also suitable for late kharif in Maharashtra.




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