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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. 


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

mobiSD Connect App can also be accessed directly from



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).


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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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