Two days International Dialogue on “Indian Viticulture: Way Forward” was organized by Society for Advancement of Viticulture and Enology (SAVE), Pune with its knowledge partner ICAR-National Research Centre for Grapes, Pune during 15-16 November, 2019 at Pune.
The inaugural session of this dialogue was chaired by Dr. C. D. Mayee, former chairman, Agriculture Scientist Recruitment Board, New Delhi. This event was graced by the presence of Dr. S. D. Shikhamany, former vice chancellor Dr. YSRHU, Venkataramannagudem; Dr. A. N. Mukhopadhay, former vice chancellor, AAU, Jorhat; Dr. S. D. Sawant, vice chancellor, Dr. BSKKV, Dapoli, Dr. K. P. Vishwanatha, vice chancellor, MPKV, Rahuri, Dr. W. S. Dhillon, ADG (HS1), ICAR; and the Directors of various ICAR institutes, scientists, grape growers and representatives of agro-chemical companies.
The primary aim of this dialogue was to provide a platform for the grape researchers, academicians, policy makers and young researchers/students to discuss and exchange ideas to plan research activities for grape under Indian conditions considering future demands, climate change regime and restricted natural resources. This dialogue was aimed to attract new ideas as well as refine the existing ones to meet the perceived challenges in coming times vis-a-vis to help grape researchers and policy makers for strategic planning in grape research.
The dialogue comprised of five technical session with thematic areas like breeding strategies for meeting future demands, strategies and tools for climate resilience viticulture, futuristic approaches for plant health management, issues and challenges in postharvest processing & food safety and scientists-Industry Interface.
Two Lifetime Achievement awards were conferred to renowned grape researchers Padmashree Dr. K. L. Chadha and Dr. S. D. Shikhamany for their remarkable contribution to Indian viticulture.