ICAR-DOGR organizes training programme for farmers of District Pune



A training programme on “Rabi Onion Production Technology” under SCSP scheme was organized by ICAR-Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research for scheduled caste farmers of District Pune (Maharashtra). A total of 33 farmers from villages, viz., Pargaon, Gulani, Jarkarwadi, Javulke, Bhavdi, Kurvandi, Retvadi, Rajgurunagar, Thugaon, Karegaon and Landewadi from talukas viz., Ambegaon and Khed participated in the training programme organized at ICAR-DOGR, Pune. The programme was of 3 days from October 27-29, 2021. In inaugural function, Dr. Major Singh, Director, ICAR-DOGR motivated the participants for adopting advance onion cultivation technologies developed by the Directorate. He also spoke about Swachh Bharat Campaign. Dr. V. Mahajan emphasized on Importance of cleanliness in onion cultivation practices and daily life. Different topics related to onion cultivation were covered in the training programme. Lectures were delivered by scientists of ICAR-DOGR on improved varieties, nursery management, cultivation practices, fertilizer management, micro-irrigation, pest and disease control, harvesting, storage, post-harvest management, supply chain management, role of SHGs in increasing socio-economic status of farmers, etc. topics. The various agro-practices were demonstrated to farmers at ICAR-DOGR farm. Farmers were exposed to different agro-innovative techniques. The queries of the farmers were answered by the scientists of ICSAR-DOGR in interactive session. The farmers also expressed their views on the occasion. In valedictory function, certificates were distributed to the participants by Dr. Ram Dutta, In-charge Director. The programme ended with the vote of thanks presented by Dr. S. S. Gadge, Nodal Officer, SCSP scheme. Sewing machines were distributed to seven female participants. Chaff cutters (2) and flour Mills (3) were distributed to the male participants through lottery system. Fertilizers, weedicides, fungicides, insecticides and agricultural implements were distributed among the farmers participated in the programme. The training programme was coordinated by Dr. S. S. Gadge, Senior Scientist (Agricultural Extension), Dr. A. Thangasamy, Senior Scientist (Soil Science) and Dr. R. B. Kale, Scientist (Agricultural Extension).