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.
गणतंत्र दिवस का आयोजन
प्याज एवं लहसुन अनुसंधान निदेशालय में हर्सोल्लास के साथ 66 वां गणतंत्र दिवस मनाया गया । डा. जय गोपल, निदेशक ने राष्ट्रीय ध्वज फहराया और निदेशालय के सभी कार्मिकों को अपने संबोधन में इस दिन के महत्व से अवगत कराया । उन्होंने कहा कि हम सभी को इमानदरी से अपने कर्तब्यों का पालन करना चाहिये तथा अपने देश के विकास में पूर्ण सहयोग देना चाहिये । निदेशालय के कर्मचारी कल्याण समिति द्वारा कर्मचारियों हेतु विभिन्न योजनाओं से अवगत कराते हुए उसके कार्यान्वयन पर जोर दिया। इस अवसर पर सांस्कृतिक कार्यक्रम के साथ-साथ बच्चों के खेल-कुद कार्यक्रमों का भी आयोजन किया गया ।
DOGR organized ‘Swatch Bharat Programme’ on New Year 2015
DOGR celebrated New Year 2015 by making human chain for ‘Swatch Bharat Programme’. All the staff of DOGR led by Director, hand-in-hand, started from the DOGR premises at 10:00 AM and went to the Chandoli village and also along the main road. Banners for promoting cleanliness drive were carried. Slogans were also shouted. Panchayat office and two schools were visited. Teachers and children voluntarily joined the human chain of the DOGR staff. Children were guided regarding importance of cleanliness and the way they can keep India clean. The mission was successful and carried with great enthusiasms by all participant.
ATMA Sponsored Training Programme for Farmers of Katihar (Bihar) at DOGR
A training programme on ‘Scientific Cultivation of Onion and Garlic’ was organized by DOGR at Rajgurunagar from 22-24 December, 2014 for 25 farmers from Katihar (Bihar). The programme was sponsored by ATMA. Dr. V. Mahajan, Principal Scientist (Horticulture) welcomed the participants and briefed them about the ongoing activities at ICAR-DOGR. Lectures 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 were delivered. Queries raised by the farmers were answered by the Scientists during interactive session organized on last day of programme. The farmers were taken to fields and nearby onion market to resolve their practical problems on the spot.
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.
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.