Grape Field Day Organized at Dhondgavan, Maharashtra

8th February 2015, Dhondgavan

ICAR-National Research Centre for Grapes, Pune organized a ‘Grape Field Day’ at Dhondgavan, district Nasik on 8th February 2015 to highlight the potential of hybrid ‘Medika’ as a potential juice variety with pharmaceutical properties due its high content of resveratrol and polyphenols. It is a teinturian variety with attractive deep red coloured juice with 21-220 Brix sugar and highly rated organoleptic properties. The commercial viability of Ready-To-Serve drink made from ‘Medika’ was shown to the growers. The RTS was served to all the participants for tasting. This variety was developed the Centre by crossing Pusa Navrang with Flame Seedless.

Dr. N.K. Krishna Kumar, DDG (HS) Dr. B.M.C Reddy, Chairman RAC, ICAR-NRCG, Pune visited the vineyard of Medika

The other promising hybrids and selections developed by the Centre viz. Manjri Naveen, Kishmish Rozavis White, and A 18/3 were also showcased at their physiological maturity in the varietal demonstration block, Introduced grape varieties like Autumn Royal and Fantasy Seedless were also showcased. Six hundred and sixty two grape growers from Maharashtra participated in the Field Day.

(Source: ICAR-National Research Centre for Grapes, Pune)