12th February, 2019, Ranchi
The four-day long “International Symposium on Edible Alliums: Challenges and Opportunities” organized by the Indian Society of Alliums and ICAR-Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research (DOGR), Rajgurunagar, Pune at Yashwantrao Chavan Academy of Development Administration (YASHADA) concluded today.
The Symposium was organized from 9th to 12th February 2019.
In his inaugural address, the Chief Guest, Dr. Kirti Singh, Ex-Chairman of ASRB applauded the role of scientists in making India achieve the remarkable growth in onion and garlic production. He also urged for paying more attention towards policy framework for mitigating the price crisis in onion.
The Guest of Honor, Dr. A.K. Singh, DDG (Horticulture and Crop Science) lauded ICAR-DOGR’s efforts in the development of technology and transferring it in the onion and garlic in India. He also urged the scientists to focus more on development of storage capacity and minimizing the post-harvest losses.
The Guest of Honor, Dr. K.P. Vishwanatha, Vice Chancellor, MPKV, Rahuri urged the farmers to get organized into Farmers Producer Companies to have increased collective bargaining power.
The Special Invitee, Dr. T. Janakiram, ADG (Horticulture) applauded the institute’s efforts for its initiative to bring various stakeholders on the single platform with the help of the symposium.
Dr. K.E. Lawande, President, Indian Society of Alliums stressed on the need for increasing the capacity of storage from 20 lakh to 40 lakh tonnes. He also opined for the need to shift from the traditional cultivation practices to more mechanized, improved storage, high yielding varieties and market-oriented production facilities.
Dr. Major Singh Director, ICAR-DOGR, Pune; Dr. S. N. Puri, Former, VC, MPKV, Rahuri and Dr. Venkat Mayande, Ex-V.C., Dr. PDKV Akola and Dr. V. Mahajan, Organizing Secretary also marked their presence during the symposium.
The symposium registered a total footfall by 200 researchers, academicians, industrialists and other stakeholders from India, Japan, South Korea and Israel.
(Source: ICAR-Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research)