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.