Special Secretary DARE and Secretory ICAR visits ICAR-DOGR, Pune on 17th July 2018
Sh. Chhabilendra Roul, Special Secretary (DARE) & Secretary (ICAR) visited ICAR-Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research, Rajgurunagar, Pune 17th July 2018. During his visit, he interacted with the scientist and other staff of the institute. He also visited different laboratories and farm of the institute.
Dr. V. Mahajan, Director in-charge welcomed the guest and briefed about the institutional activities.
While interacting with staff, Secretary expressed his happiness to know the contributions of the centre in releasing new varieties, development of improved production and post -harvest technologies. In his address to the scientists, Secretary urged the scientists to take up the research study for analyzing the market trends, price fluctuations and value chain analysis of onion in the country. He appealed to the scientist to promote the farmers’ producer companies in the onion to enhance the farmers share in consumer rupee by reducing middleman in onion supply chain. He said that onion is a highly important crop as it is part of the daily diet as well as due to export of onion India earns more foreign currency. Therefore, scientists must play the proactive role in participatory approach for enhancing the productivity of onion and increasing farmers’ income. He also informed that the ICAR has initiated the process of cadre review and strengthening research institutes working under ICAR.