ICAR-DOGR Signs Technology License Agreement of ‘Controlled Onion Storage Structure Technology’ with Kala Biotech Pvt. Ltd. through Agrinnovate New Delhi  

The ICAR-Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research (ICAR-DOGR), Pune, Maharashtra transferred the Controlled Onion Storage Structure Technology to M/s Kala Biotech Pvt. Ltd. through Agrinnovate India Limited on 2nd June 2022. The Tripartite Technology License Agreement was signed by ICAR- DOGR, Pune, with M/s Kala Biotech Pvt. Ltd. and Agrinnovate India for the Technology Transfer of “Controlled Onion Storage Structure Technology”.

Dr. Major Singh, Director, ICAR-DOGR stated that this innovative storage technology will prove as an important intervention for onion price stabilization. The technology has been developed in public private partnership mode between ICAR-DOGR, Pune and Kala Biotech Pvt. Ltd. The traditional onion storage technologies are naturally ventilated, small scale and unable to control the losses during the adverse climatic condition. This modern controlled onion storage structure will be worthy to store the onion in bulk quantity and with minimum losses for the storage period of 4-6 months.

Dr. Sudha Mysore, CEO, Agrinnovate congratulated the team of the innovator, Dr. Major Singh, Dr. Kalyani Gorrepati and Dr. Rajiv B. Kale from ICAR-DOGR and private partner Kala Biotech Pvt Ltd. for developing the modern technology which is the need of an hour. There is an urgent need to up-scale this modern storage technology to overcome the issues of price fluctuation in onion, she noted.

ICAR-DOGR was also represented by Members of ITMC including Dr. Ram Dutta, PS (Patho.) and I/c PME, Dr. A. J. Gupta, PS (Hort.), Mr. HSC Shaikh, I/c AKMU and Dr. R. B. Kale, Sr. Sci. (Agril. Extn.) & I/c ITMU. M/s. Kala Biotech Pvt. Ltd. was represented by Mr. Manoj Phutane, Managing Director and Mr. Pravin Phutane, Finance Director. A vote of thanks was expressed by Dr. R. B. Kale. .