ICAR-Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research, Rajgurunagar, Pune in collaboration with Indian Society of Alliums (ISE), Pune, National Horticultural Research and Development Foundation (NHRDF), New Delhi and Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), New Delhi organized a one-day brainstorming session on “Challenges in Export of Onion and Garlic in India” on September 16, 2017 at ICAR-DOGR, Rajgurunagar, Pune to address various issues related to onion and garlic export oriented production, market research, packaging, forwarding and policy framing among different stakeholders.
Dr. A. K. Singh, Deputy Director General (Horticultural Science) and Chief Guest of the event, urged the participants to use modern information tools for timely application of advance technologies in production and export of onion and garlic. He emphasized on involvement of researchers in every step of crop production.
Dr. K. E. Lawande, Ex-Vice Chancellor, Dr. BSKKV, Dapoli & Ex-Director, ICAR-DOGR, Rajgurunagar, Pune was Guest of Honour. He mentioned difficulties in production and export of onion and garlic. He stressed on development of high yielding varieties. He emphasized on improvement of trading system, pure seed production, IPM technology and market intelligence.
Dr Major Singh, Director, ICAR-DOGR, Rajgurunagar, Pune briefed about recent achievements of the Institute.
Dr. Sudhanshu, DGM, APEDA, New Delhi appreciated ICAR-DOGR for taking initiatives to organize the brainstorming on challenges in export of onion and garlic keeping in view the enormous prosperity for export of onion and garlic. He emphasized on inclusion of onion in horticultural export basket.
Shri Dilip Khaire, Chairman, APMC, Pune focused on firm export policies and proper maintenance of demand-supply chain, processing and e-marketing to solve price fluctuation problem of onion and garlic.
Dr. R. P. Gupta, Ex-Director, NHRDF, Nashik urged on change from exporting in traditional gulf countries to the European countries.
Dr N. P. Singh, Director, ICAR-NIASM, Baramati emphasized on need of stress management in onion and garlic production.
Researchers, farmers, traders, exporter, authorities from APEDA, BARC, State Agriculture Department and Marketing Board participated in the programme and exchanged their views and experiences.
(Source: ICAR-Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research, Pune)