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.
DOGR CELEBRATES 'ONION DAY'
ICAR-Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research, Rajguruangar celebrated its 18th Foundation Day as ‘Onion ‘Day’ on 16th June 2015. The programme was attended by more than 400 farmers. Exhibitions were also arranged in which 16 companies and 2 KVKs participated. Varieties and technologies of DOGR were also exhibited. A competition on display of onion bulbs was also held in which 20 farmers participated and top three entries were selected by a committee constituted for this purpose.
The programme was chaired by Dr. Y.S. Nerkar, Ex-Vice Chancellor, MPKV, Rahuri and co-chaired by Dr. Jai Gopal, Director, DOGR. Shri Suryakant Palande, Ex-MLA & Member RAC-IMC, DOGR, Shri Pratap Khandebharad, Founder, P.K. Foundation & Member, RAC-IMC, DOGR and Dr. S.D. Sawant, Director, NRC Grapes, Pune were the guests of honour at this occasion. Besides arranging lecture on onion cultivation, a Question-Answer session was also held. The winners of the onion competition were awarded. Two retired employees of DOGR were also felicitated for their services to the DOGR. The organization and output of this programme were appreciated by one and all.
Organised Training under Tribal Sub-Plan
Two-days training programmes on 'Kharif Onion Production Technology' for tribal farmers from Navapur Taluka at Nanduarbar was organised by ICAR-Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research, Rajgurunagar, Pune under the TSP Scheme on 16-17th June, 2015 at Rajgurunagar. A total of 84 farmers participated in the programme. Lectures and demonstrations on kharif onion production were arranged. A field-cum-exhibition visit was also organized for the farmers. Certificates were distributed to all the participate of the training programme.
A new white onion variety 'Bhima Safed' for Kharif
In the recently held Annual Group Meeting of All India Network Research Project on Onion & Garlic at Davengere, Karnataka on 6-7th February, 2015, white onion line developed by the Directorate of Onion & Garlic Research, Rajgurunagar has been recommended for release. This line ‘NRCWO-3’ has been christened as ‘Bhima Safed’. It is suitable for cultivation in Chhatisgarh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Rajasthan, and Tamil Nadu. This is a medium maturing (110-120 days) variety having white, round to oval bulbs of mainly 70-80 g. It has 11-12% TSS and is thus suitable both for table and processing. Its average yield in multilocational trials in the recommended zones was 185 q/ha. It has less than 5% doubles and bolters.
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.