Annual Workshop of Onion & Garlic (AINRPOG) organized at ICAR-IARI, New Delhi



ICAR-Directorate of Onion Garlic Research (DOGR), Rajgurunagar, Pune organized the Xth Annual Group meeting of All India Network Research Project on Onion and Garlic at ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhiduring31st May-2nd June, 2019. The group meeting was attended by farmers, students and other faculty members from various parts of the country.

The inaugural session was chaired by Dr. A.K. Singh, DDG (HS), ICAR, New Delhi. Dr. Kirti Singh, Former Vice Chancellor and Former Chairman, ASRB and Dr. K.E. Lawande, formerVice Chancellor, Dr. BSKKV, Dapoli and Ex-Director, ICAR-DOGR, Pune and Dr. P.K. Gupta, Director, NHRDF, New Delhi were the guests of honor. Dr. Rashmi Aggarwal, Dean & JD (Edu.), ICAR-IARI, New Delhi welcomed all the guests for workshop. Dr. A.K. Singh, DDG (HS), ICAR, New Delhi in his inaugural address emphasized the importance of mechanization in onion cultivation as almost 50% of the total cost of production is incurred on labour charges; further urged the participants to use modern information tools for timely application of advance technologies in production and export of onion and garlic. Besides, he also highlighted the scope of expansion of onion cultivation to the non-traditional areas. Dr. Major Singh, Director, ICAR-DOGR, presented the project report, wherein he elaborated about AINRPOG and its achievements, with the importance of onion and garlic in day to day life. Different ICAR-DOGR publications were released on this occasion. NHRDF award was conferred to Dr. R.Veere Gowda, Pr. Scientist, ICAR-IIHR, Bengaluru. Veterans were also felicitated for their significant contributions in the field of onion and garlic research. Dr. T. Janakiram, ADG (HS), ICAR, New Delhi, appreciated the achievements of ICAR-DOGR and informed about the spread of varieties and technologies developed by ICAR-DOGR. Dr. B.S. Tomar, Head, Dept. of Horticulture, ICAR-IARI, New Delhi, was the organizing Secretary for the group meeting.

Technical session I (General and Interactive session) was chaired by Dr. T. Janakiram, ADG (HS). Dr. Vijay Mahajan, Nodal Officer presented action taken report. Chairman appreciated the efforts taken by the AINRPOG team for successfully implementing all the recommendations given in the previous meeting. PIs from different network centres and nodal centre presented their progress report in their respective technical sessions.

Recommendations were finalized in plenary session which was chaired by Dr. A.K. Singh, DDG (HS), New Delhi. A varietal release committee under the Chairmanship of Dr. T. Janakiram, recommended rabigarlic variety sel. G-404 for Zone II & IV from NHRDF, New Delhi and rabionion variety sel. JWO-11-5-7 forZone II & IV from JAU, Junagadh for release. The meeting was ended with the vote of thanks by Dr. B.S. Tomar, Head, Dept. of Horticulture, ICAR-IARI, New Delhi and Dr. Vijay Mahajan, Nodal Officer, AINRPOG.