Activities under Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav

An innovative initiative “Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav” has been planned to promote the direct interface of scientists with the farmers to hasten the lab to land process.  The objective of this scheme is to provide farmers with required information, knowledge and advisories on regular basis by adopting villages.

Under this scheme, ICAR-DOGR has identified fifteen villages viz., Gadakwadi, Varude, Gulani, Wafgaon, Jawulke, Rase, Dattawadi, Shel Pimpalgaon, Khairenagar, Bhose, Gosasi, Mitgudwadi, Kanhur Mesai, Khairewadi and Daundkarwadi. In these villages, onion crop is grown in all three seasons and garlic is also grown on small scale. Three teams of scientists were formed to do activities in these villages under the scheme.


      Scientific staff



1.Dr. V. Mahajan, Principal Scientist (Horticulture)

2.Dr. S. Anandhan, Senior Scientist (Biotechnology)

3.Dr. Kalyani Gorrepati, Scientist (Agricultural

           Structures & Process Engineering)

4.Dr. Vanita N. Salunkhe, Scientist (Plant Pathology)







1.Dr. A. J. Gupta, Senior Scientist (Horticulture)

2.Mrs. Ashwini P. Benke, Scientist (Genetics)

3.Dr. Pranjali Ghodke, Scientist (Plant Physiology)

4.Dr. V. Karuppaiah, Scientist (Entomology)



Shel Pimpalgaon




1.Dr. S. J. Gawande, Senior Scientist (Plant


2.Dr. A. Thangasamy, Scientist (Soil Science)

3.Mr. Manjunatha Gowda D. C., Scientist (Vegetable


4.Mr. Kuldip, Scientist (Biotechnology)



Kanhur Mesai



Dr. S. S. Gadge, Senior Scientist (Agricultural Extension), Nodal Officer of Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav Scheme associated with each team.

The villages were surveyed as per guidelines of the scheme. The major problems in these villages were shortage of irrigation water, lack of guidance about organic farming, etc. The scientists of ICAR-DOGR provided scientific information to the farmers about improved technology of onion and garlic time to time. The activities to be undertaken in Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav project have been discussed with village officials and Sarpanch of the respective villages. They assured full cooperation for implementation of this initiative in their villages. The scientists of ICAR-DOGR are in constant touch with the villagers and visit identified villages to address various technical issues in cultivation of various crops by the farmers. The demonstrations were also given to the farmers of each village on soil sample collection. Seventy-five frontline demonstrations of ICAR-DOGR varieties were conducted in these villages in kharif, late kharif and rabi seasons. In total, 167 interface meetings of scientists with villagers were organized and given information about various schemes related to agriculture. Total 30 training programmes on different topics such as, improved technology of onion and garlic production, integrated pest disease management, post-harvest management, soil sampling, etc. were organized in the adopted villages. The scientists of ICAR-DOGR were in constant touch with the villagers and visited identified villages to address various technical issues in cultivation of various crops by the farmers. ICAR-DOGR publications were provided to farmers of the selected villages under the scheme.

Soil samples from these villages were collected, analyzed and Soil Health Cards provided to the 300 farmers on World Soil Day on 5th December 2015. Minister of State for Agriculture, Govt. of India Shri. Mohanbhai K. Kundaria distributed Soil Health Cards to the farmers in the function organized on World Soil Day at Narayangaon. ICAR-DOGR publications provided to the farmers of the selected villages under the scheme. Advisories for onion and garlic farmers were uploaded on Directorate’s website and also published in Agrowon Newspaper on regular basis. 

    Distribution of Soil Health Cards                  Interface meeting of scientists with villagers

         Collection of basic information                         Training at Gosasi village

Awareness was imparted on the importance of cleanliness were conducted by group of scientists in the villages adopted under Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav programme. Cleaning activities were carried out at Panchayat offices, temples, etc. primary public areas in the adopted villages during Swachh Bharat Pakhwada (15-31 October, 2016). Soil Health Cards distributed to the 100 farmers on World Soil Day on 5 December, 2016 at ICAR-DOGR. Apart from these, Kisan Sangoshti was also organized to emphasize the importance of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in onion at Khairewadi village on 30 November, 2016. It was organized in collaboration with ICAR-NCIPM, New Delhi under the project ‘Formulation, Validation and Promotion of Adaptable IPM Technology for bulb (onion)’. Fifty onion growers including women of Khairewadi village and representatives of local run NGO ‘Harita’ attended the Sanghosti. Dr. V. Mahajan, Director (Acting), ICAR-DOGR briefed the importance, benefits, approaches and available technologies of IPM in onion cultivation. Dr. S. J. Sardana, Principal Scientist, ICAR-NCIPM elaborated the important eco-friendly approaches as well as ETL based use of reduce risk insecticides for onion thrips management. Dr. S. J. Gawande, Senior Scientist, ICAR-DOGR explained about various onion diseases and ICAR-DOGR developed technologies for onion pest and disease management. Dr. Narayan Bhat, Principal Scientist, ICAR-NCIPM and Dr. V. Karuppaiah, Scientist, ICAR-DOGR also interacted with the farmers during the Sangoshti.

The programme organized on 20th Foundation Day (16 June, 2017) of ICAR-DOGR at the Directorate was attended by 40 progressive farmers from adopted villages under Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav scheme. In the programme, a lecture on advanced cultivation technologies of onion and garlic was delivered by Dr. S. S. Gadge, Senior Scientist. They were also shown the onion and garlic activities being carried out at the Directorate. 


         Kisan Sangoshti at Khairewadi                  Lecture by Dr. Gadge on Foundation Day