22nd Institute Foundation Day Celebrated on 18
22nd Foundation Day on 18th
January 2018. Dr. N. Chattopadhyay, Deputy Director General,
Agricultural Meteorology Division, India Meteorological
Department, Pune was invited as the Chief Guest of the function.
Directors of ICAR-DOGR, Rajgurunagar; ICAR-DFR, Pune; ICAR-NRCP, Solapur, and
Head, IVRI Regional Centre were special invitees. Dr.
Chattopadhyay gave a comprehensive talk on ‘Operational Agromet
Advisory Services in India’ and the steps taken by IMD to ensure
that real time weather information reaches to the farmers of the
country along with crop advisories. He replied to the queries
raised by the Directors and growers on their specific weather
Dr N Chattopadhyay
delivering his talk
View of the gathering
On the occasion two
progressive grape growers, Shri Prakash Bafna and Shri Vasudev
C. Kathe were felicitated. Shri Prakash Bafna adopted the
promising Institute varieties and also successfully demonstrated
that 75% of agrochemical use in vineyards can be substituted by
use of beneficial microbes. Shri Vasudev Kathe is providing
leadership to the farmers of ‘Dabholkar Prayog Pariwar’ on
adopting ICAR-NRCG technologies for need based application of
nutrient, water and pesticides leading to reduction in input use
as compared to the other growers in Nasik region.
Shri Prakash Bafna, a
progressive grape grower being felicitated
Shri Vasudev C Kathe a
progressive grape grower being felicitated
The Directors of the
sister ICAR Institutes especially NRCP and DFR expressed their
gratitude to ICAR-NRCG for guidance and support. and conveyed
their best wishes. The event was covered by Doordarshan Pune.
Workshop on Health and
Hygiene organized by Women Cell on 18 January 2018
A Workshop on ‘Health and
Hygiene’ was organized by Women Complaint Committee (WCC) of
ICAR-NRCG on the occasion of the 22nd Institute
Foundation Day. Dr. Neha
Matkar, General Physician, Loni Kalbhor was invited as Chief
Guest to guide the
permanent and contractual women staff on various issues related
to health and hygiene. In the beginning, Dr. Indu S. Sawant,
Chairperson, WCC briefed about the role of the Committee and
expressed happiness that no single complaint was received by the
WCC reflecting the healthy working atmosphere at this Institute.
However considering the general welfare of women employees, the
Committee decided to hold a workshop on health and hygiene of
Dr Indu S. Sawant,
Chairperson, WCC addressing the gathering
Dr Neha Matkar addressed
the gathering in very simple way on adopting a holistic approach
including nutrition, yoga, and stress management for maintaining
a healthy body and mind. She expressed that while women take
care of all family members they neglect themselves and
emphasized that each woman should have a ‘me time’ to maintain
her own health and happiness. She emphasized on the need for a
good social circle for sharing their problems and also for
boosting their energy levels. She answered the queries raised by
the women regarding their health problems.
Dr Neha Matkar addressing
Secy, DARE and DG, ICAR visited ICAR-NRCG, Pune
8th December 2017, Pune
Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary,
DARE and Director General, ICAR visited ICAR-National Research Centre for
Grapes, Pune on 8th December 2017.
The DG jointly addressed the Director and staff of ICAR Institutes in and around
Pune viz. ICAR- National Research Centre for Grapes, ICAR-National Institute of
Abiotic Stress Management, ICAR- Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research, ICAR-
Directorate of Floricultural Research, ICAR-ATARI, Regional Stations of IARI and
IVRI, ICAR-KVK, Baramati, ICAR-KVK, Narayangaon. President, Maharashtra State
Grape Growers’ Association, Chairman, Grape Growers’ Federation of India and
regional presidents of MRDBS, Sangli, Pune, Solapur and Nasik regions were also
present on the occasion.
In his inspirational speech the DG
expressed that though ICAR Institutes are doing phenomenal work on problems of
national agricultural importance, there is a lack of sufficient visibility of
their work. He stressed that the outcome and impact of research and technologies
should reach to individual farmers and should also be documented properly. The
KVKs and the growers’ association should play a major role in reaching out to
the farmers and educating them regarding different aspects of Good Agricultural
Practices. There should be a portal of each Institute which should be linked to
gov.in. This portal should be on interactive mode and contain information useful
for the farmers.
The ICAR Institutes are now equipped
with advanced facilities for research and these facilities should be shared with
other research organizations to achieve higher excellence in research output.
There is also a need to enter into
Public Private Partnership for furthering the research as also to upscaling and
commercializing the technologies and taking them to the end users.
To double the farmers’ income it is very essential not only to add a value to a
product but also to develop value chain. It is also essential to focus on soil
health and water management for improving production, productivity and quality.
He informed that all ICAR Centers should have a Science Communication Centre for
effective dissemination of technologies and other farmer useful information.
Hon’ble Secy., DARE and DG, ICAR
inaugurated 70kW Roof Top Solar Panel System, National Referral
Laboratory-cum-Biotechnology building of ICAR-NRCG and the new entrance gate of
NRL Annex cum Biotechnology Laboratory Building by Dr. Trilochan
Mohapatra, Hon’ble Secy, DARE and DG, ICAR
Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secy, DARE and DG, ICAR interacting with the
representatives of grape growers
Dr. K.V. Prasad, Director, ICAR-DFR proposed formal vote of thanks.
Week was observed at
Pune during October 30 to November 4,
Vigilance Awareness Week was observed at
Pune during October 30 to November 4,
2017. The staff members were administered the pledge by I/c Director on 30th
October for promoting integrity, transparency and accountability in public life.
A panel discussion was organized on 31st Oct., 2017 where Mr D.
Bhapkar, (Dy S.P., Anti-Corruption Bureau, Pune), Dr Lakhan Singh (Director,
ICAR-ATARI, Pune), Dr K. V. Prasad (Director, ICAR-DFR, Pune) and Dr S.D. Sawant
(Director, ICAR-NRC Grapes, Pune) were the panelists.
The panel discussion was jointly organized by ICAR-NRC Grapes and
ICAR-DFR. The topic for panel
discussion was ‘My vision- Corruption free India’.
It was a lively panel discussion where audience from both the institutes
interacted with the panelists.
Different aspects viz. societal role in curbing corruption, government
initiatives especially digitization for minimizing corruption were discussed.
Several participants expressed their views with majority focusing on the role of
family and school in laying the foundation for corruption free India.
Importance of education for developing integrity and awareness among
individuals, adoption of e-governance as mean to reduce the corruption and the
role of anti-corruption bureau in tackling the issues related to corruption. The
house agreed that if individuals make all efforts to be honest and work with
integrity then only country can be corruption free.
An essay competition was organized on 1st Nov., 2017 on a theme “Digital
governance – a tool for corruption free India’’.
This was followed by debate on forenoon
of 3rd Nov., 2017, on the topic “Can
corruption be wiped off from India”.
The staff members of the institute actively participated in the event.
The concluding session was held on afternoon of 3rd November, 2017.
Dr Indu Sawant, I/c Director presided over the session.
Dr A K Upadhyay, Vigilance Officer
welcomed the guests and gave an opening remark. Dr Indu Sawant emphasized on the
need for moral education in schools for developing integrity and awareness among
individuals. The winners of an essay competition and debate were awarded prizes.
This was followed by open house discussion wherein the yardstick of success by
the society and satisfaction of an individual was discussed.
The adoption of e-governance as mean to reduce the corruption in tackling
the issues related to corruption. The
meeting ended with a resolve to strive towards corruption free India.
organizes farmers’ training programme in collaboration with MRDBS
ICAR-NRCG, Pune collaborated with Maharashtra Rajya Draksha Bagaitdar Sangh
(MRDBS), Pune to jointly organize a training programme on ‘Enhancing Grape
Production with Advanced Viticulture Techniques’ during 27th June
2017 to 4th July 2017 at Pune. The programme aims at empowering the
new generation of grape growers with advanced techniques in viticulture for
sustained production of quality grapes. Twenty-eight participants from different
grape growing regions of Maharashtra are attending the programme. The programme
has a comprehensive lecture schedule covering varieties nursery and vineyard
establishment, intercultural practices, use of weather information and
bio-intensive management for production of ‘zero residue’ grapes, integrated
nutrient and water management,
application technology of agrochemicals and processing techniques. DUS testing
for registration of farmers’ varieties will also be discussed.
Director, ICAR-NRCG guiding the trainees
“Open Grape Day” for visit to vineyards
during March 03 - 05, 2017
ICAR-National Research Center for Grapes
organized a three day special programme “Open Grape Day” on its farm at Manjari
in Pune during 03-05 March, 2017. The purpose of the programme was to create
awareness among general public about grapes and its various products. The
vineyards were kept open for visitors during 15:00 to 18:00 hrs daily and groups
of visitors (each approximately of 5-10 members) were guided by one Scientist/
Farm Technician so as to allow them to see vineyards in fruiting stage of
various grape varieties (table, wine and juice purpose) of different colors. The
field visit was followed by visits to the raisin making unit, Winery and hi-tech
National Referral Laboratory (NRL) for pesticide residue monitoring in grapes.
The visitors could get an opportunity to see and know about the processes of
raisin and wine making. Various insect pests affecting grapevines and biological
control agents used in grape pest management were also exhibited and explained
to the visitors. Demonstrations on advance spraying equipment used in vineyards
were shown. The visitors were made aware about the state - of the - art
facilities and residue monitoring plan of NRL for monitoring pesticide residues
in grapes and the production of grapes that are residue free and safe for
consumption. ICAR-NRCG had also collected the grape samples from few progressive
grape growers of Maharashtra state and analyzed for residue levels at NRL. The
farmers whose grapes complied with “zero residue” concept
were allowed to showcase and sale
their grapes of various varieties like Thompson Seedless, Nana Purple, Red
Globe, Tas-A- Ganesh, etc. in free stalls provided by ICAR-NRCG. Few tons of
residue free grapes were sold during the period of three days. The open grape
day received an overwhelming and exciting response from public; about 400 people
participated in the event and interacted enthusiastically with the institute
scientists and other staff.
Moments of Open Grape Day.
Expert guidance to farmers under ‘Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav’ and ‘Swachh Bharat
Abhiyan’ through video conferencing
Under the aegis of ‘Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav’ (MGMG) programme, ICAR-NRCG, Pune in
association with Bayer Crop Science Limited, Mumbai held a video conferencing
session with about 50 farmers of Walva, Sangli, Maharashtra (adopted village
under MGMG) on 03.02.2017.
The ICAR-NRCG experts gave technical advice to the farmers on ‘zero residue’
management options for stem borer, mealybug and mites in vineyards nearing
harvest; nutritional and horticultural practices to achieve even colour
development in Sharad Seedless grape, avoid sunburn
and mummification of fruits.
Dr. S. D. Sawant, Director, ICAR-NRCG, urged growers to give a serious thought
for export of their produce by themselves and to develop a ‘grower-exporter’
business model for multiplying their profits. He assured all technical support
on zero residue’ grape production from ICAR-NRCG, Pune.
The farmers were also
advised on the importance of field sanitation and safe method for disposal of
empty pesticide containers in the backdrop of the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’.
Swachhata Workshop on Beautification and Kitchen Wastes Management
A Swachhata Workshop on ‘Beautification and Kitchen Waste Management’ was
organized for permanent and contractual women staff of ICAR-NRCG.
Dr. S.D. Sawant, Director briefed about the Swachhata Action Plan of
the Centre and objectives of the workshop. He appealed to all the staff for
active participation in keeping premises and washrooms clean and hygenic and
importance of beautification of office premises and residential areas. He
also explained how kitchen wastes can be decomposed into organic manure at
home. Dr. Jitendra Kumar, Director,
ICAR-Directorate of Medicinal & Aromatic Plants Research, Anand guided the
participants on properties of various medicinal plants which can be grown at
home and utilized for prevention of common ailments. Information on
different types of indoor & outdoor plants and their maintenance was given
to the participants by Mr. Satish Lendhe and Mrs. Priyanka Lendhe from Flora
Nursery who were the Chief Guest of this workshop. Various types of
ornamental plants were distributed to the participants. After the workshop
the organizers greeted all participants in typical ‘Sankranti’ tradition.
Mrs. Pallavi Kataria,
Assistant welcoming the participants of the workshop
Dr. S.D. Sawant, Director
briefing about the Swachhata Action Plan of the Centre
Dr. Jitendra Kumar,
Director, ICAR-DMAPR, Anand giving
information on various medicinal plants
Mr. Satish Lendhe from Flora Nursery
talking about plants and their maintenance
Distribution of plants to the participants
गणतन्त्र दिवस समारोह
भाकृअनुप - राष्ट्रीय
अंगूर अनुसंधान केंद्र, पुणे में 26 जनवरी, 2017
को 68 वाँ
गणतन्त्र दिवस बहुत ही हर्षोल्लास के साथ मनाया
गया। इस सुअवसर पर केंद्र के निदेशक डॉ संजय सावंत
ने सुबह 09.30 बजे
राष्ट्रीय ध्वज फहराया तथा सलामी दी। अपने सम्बोधन
में निदेशक ने राष्ट्रीय ध्वज की गरिमा तथा इसके
महत्व को कई उदाहरण देकर समझाया और उपस्थित सभी
लोगों ने राष्ट्रीय ध्वज तथा राष्ट्र-गान का उचित
सम्मान करने का आग्रह किया। इस अवसर पर केंद्रीय
सरकार द्वारा किसानों के हित में जारी विभिन्न
कार्यक्रमों जैसे किसानों की आय दुगनी करने के
लक्ष्य के बारे में चर्चा की तथा सभी से अनुरोध
किया कि अंगूर की फसल बहुत ही महत्वपूर्ण है और हम
सभी को अंगूर उत्पादकों की आय दुगुनी करने के लिए
जी जान से जुट जाना चाहिए। स्वच्छ भारत मिशन तथा
सोलर ऊर्जा के प्रयासों में इस केंद्र की
प्रतिबद्धता से भी सभी को अवगत कराया।
दिसंबर 2016 पर मनाया गया कृषि शिक्षा दिवस
अनुसंधान केंद्र, पुणे में 3 दिसंबर 2016
के रूप में
मनाया गया। इस अवसर पर पद्मश्री मणीभाई देसाई
पुणे से पच्चीस छात्रों
लडकियां और 6 लडकें) को केन्द्र में आमंत्रित किया
गया था। डॉ. सं.दी. सावंत, निदेशक ने कृषि शिक्षा दिवस मनाने के उद्देश्यों के बारे
में छात्रों को जानकारी दी और बागवानी का महत्व और
उस में अंगूर के योगदान के बारे में बताया। अंगूर
की खेती के बारे में जानकारी देने हेतु छात्रों के
लिए सुबह अंगूर बगीचे की यात्रा का आयोजन किया
गया। वैज्ञानिकों ने छात्रों को अंगूर बगीचे में
विभिन्न प्रौद्योगिकियों और प्रबंधन के तरीकों
जैसे टपक सिंचाई, रोग और कीट प्रबंधन,
आदि के बारे में बताया। अंगूर प्रसंस्करण और मूल्य
संवर्धन समझाने के लिए किशमिश शुष्कन इकाई और
प्रयोगात्मक वाइनरी की यात्रा की व्यवस्था की गई।
राष्ट्रीय संप्रेषण प्रयोगशाला में स्थापित उच्च
तकनीक के उपकरणों और खाद्य सुरक्षा से संबंधित
प्रक्रियाओं में छात्रों ने गहरी रुचि दिखाई। रसोई
कचरे का अच्छी गुणवत्ता वाली जैविक खाद में
परिवर्तन करने के लिए पर्यावरण अनुकूल टोकरी
'निसर्ग दूत' (जिसको
के तहत बढावा
दिया जा रहा है) का डेमो भी छात्रों के लिए आयोजित
दोपहर के सत्र में
‘कृषि शिक्षा स्कूल पाठ्यक्रम में शामिल की जानी चाहिए या
नही’ इस विषय पर
वाद-विवाद प्रतियोगिता में छात्रों ने सक्रिय रूप
से भाग लिया और अपने विचार व्यक्त किए। निदेशक, भाकृअनुप-रा.अं.अनु.कें. द्वारा विजेताओं को पुरस्कार
वितरित किए गए।
ICAR-NRCG Scientist giving information about grape cultivation to the
ICAR-NRCG Scientist explaining drip irrigation system to the students
Students visit to raisin making unit
A demo of eco-friendly basket ‘Nisarg Doot’ for treatment of biodegradable
Debate: ‘Whether Agriculture Education should be included in school syllabus
Prize distribution by the Director, ICAR-NRCG, Pune
Week was observed at
Pune during October 31 to November 5,
05th November 2016,
Vigilance Awareness Week was observed at
Pune during October 31 to November 5,
The staff members took pledge on 31st
October for promoting integrity, transparency
and accountability in public life. An essay
competition was organized on 3rd
November on a theme “How public participation
can promote integrity and eradicate corruption’’.
The staff members of the institute actively
participated in the event. The concluding
session was held on 05th November,
2016. Mr. P.N. Hasabnis (Additional
Superintendent of Police) and Mr. Narendra K.
Gaikwad (Dy S.P.) from Anti-Corruption Bureau,
Pune were the chief guests for the occasion. The
event was co-organized by the ICAR-NRCG and
ICAR-DFR, Pune. The Directors’ of both the
institutes welcomed the chief guests and gave
their opening remarks. The winners of an essay
competition were awarded prizes with the
auspicious hands of the chief guests. Mr
Hasabnis gave his address on the issues of
corruption in various sectors of public life and
discussed the measures for its alleviation.
He has also shown some video clips on
impact of corruption and ways to tackle it. He
emphasized on the importance of education for
developing integrity and awareness among
individuals, adoption of e-governance as mean to
reduce the corruption and the role of
anti-corruption bureau in tackling the issues
related to corruption. Mr. Gaikwad in his speech
stressed on the importance of public integrity
in reducing the corruption in various sectors of
public life. The staff members interacted with
the officials of the Anti-Corruption Bureau and
expressed their views on the issues related to
corruption and its mitigation.
ICAR-NRCG, Pune Celebrated ‘National Unity Day’
and started observing ‘Vigilance Awareness Week
31st October 2016, ICAR-NRCG, Pune
An oath was taken by staff of ICAR-NRCG, Pune
today, on the occasion of 141st birth
anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel,
popularly known as the Iron Man of India.
Director, ICAR-NRCG in his address pointed out
the significant contribution of Sardar Patel in
establishing India as a sovereign democratic
nation by successfully integrating hundreds of
princely states with the Indian union with his
masterful diplomacy. Director appealed everyone
for their active and voluntary participation
towards strengthening of nation’s unity and
The staff also took oath for promoting
integrity, transparency and accountability in
public life as the start of observance of the
Vigilance Awareness Week from 31st
October to 5th November 2016
Hon'ble DG, ICAR visited ICAR-NRC for Grapes,
21st October 2016, Pune
Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) and Director General (ICAR) visited
ICAR-National Research Centre for Grapes, Pune on 21 October,
2016. He visited the experimental vineyards and interacted with
the Scientists on various researchable issues especially
regarding changed physiology and susceptibility to diseases and
insect pests under plastic cover. He was also shown the plan for
revival of the grape germplasm block on Dogridge rootstock and
on this auspicious occasion he was requested to plant the first
rootstock followed by the other dignitaries.
The DG was shown the
research, extension & other activities as well as the
technologies developed by the Institute, and also appraised of
the awards and recognition received by the institute and the
scientists. He also visited all laboratories of the Institute
including the new constructed National Referral Laboratory and
the Biotechnology laboratory. Dr. K.D. Kokate (Director
Research, MPKV, Rahuri) accompanied the DG.
The DG jointly
addressed the Director and staff of all the Pune based ICAR
institutes viz., National Research Centre for Grapes,
Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research, Directorate of
Floricultural Research and regional stations of IARI and IVRI.
In his inspirational speech, he emphasized on realizing the
scientific strength of ICAR and utilizing it for further
betterment of farmers and enrichment of science. He appealed to
all Directors for inspiring and promoting the young scientists
in their institutes so as to explore their full potential. He
appealed to the scientist to prioritize the activities and work
dedicatedly, with clear focus and timelines. He emphasized on
maintaining harmony within and amongst ICAR institutes.
DG appreciated the
research going on in ICAR-NRCG and congratulated the scientists.
He discussed in length on the project on ‘Genetic improvement of
Thompson Seedless by incorporating downy mildew resistance’ and
the emphasized the importance of generating a large population
in order to tap the desired gene combination. He also suggested
developing multiple resistant varieties. He instructed to speed
up the work on profiling of Medika variety, rename it as ‘Manjari Medika’ and it release within the shortest time.
He appealed all for
the dissemination of technologies developed by institute to the
farmers and urged for proper documentation of their feedback. He
also instructed to Use of user friendly mobile applications for
utilization of technologies developed Recording and
documentation of distribution of technologies and their adoption
by end users Plan strategies for increasing revenue generation.
The DG released a concept note on “Pest
management module for ‘zero’ pesticide residues in table
grapes”, unveiled the 4th volume of ‘Angoori’ the
hindi wall magazine. He also gave the first
eco-friendly basket ‘Nisarg
Doot’ (conceptualized by Padma Shree Dr. S. P. Kale, BAARC,
treatment of biodegradable kitchen waste at the source) which is being promoted by
ICAR-NRCG under ‘Swatcha Bharat Abhiyan’.
Dr Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) and Director
planting first rootstock
Distribution of eco-friendly basket ‘Nisarg Doot’ for treatment
of biodegradable kitchen waste
Release of Concept Note on ‘Pest management module for ‘zero’
pesticide residues in table grapes’
Hon’ble DG jointly addressing the Directors and staff of all the
Pune based ICAR Institutes
Hon’ble DG was shown research, extension & other
activities as well as the technologies developed by the
Swachhta Pakhwada Inaugurated at ICAR- NRC for Grapes, Pune
17th October 2016, Pune
Swachhata Pakhawada (16-31 October, 2016) was inaugurated at ICAR-NRC for Grape,
Pune on 17/10/2016. The staff of the institute was given the Swachhata Shapath
by Director, I/C, Dr. Indu Sawant. She appealed to everybody to join hands for a
grand success of the Mission of transforming India in to a Clean Country in the
shortest time with the active participation of everybody.
It was told to adopt innovative measures
for waste management for clean environment. The
use of ‘Nisarg Doot’, a basket developed by Dr. Kale (BARC, Mumbai) for
conversion of domestic kitchen waste into good quality organic manure that can
be used for indoor potted plants was told by some of the users who were given
the baskets on 7th October 2016 under the Swachhata program. They
informed that the consortium of aerobic bacteria could decompose the wastes
without producing offensive smell. Based on the actual users experience 16 other
staff offered to use the baskets. Further it was appealed to all the staff to
popularize the use of these baskets in their neighbourhood.
NRCG staff taking Swachhata shapath
Users telling about their success with ‘Nisarg
Doot’ basket for treatment of kitchen
भाकृअनुप-रा.अं.अनु.कें., पुणे में हिन्दी पखवाड़ा का आयोजन
पुणे में दिनांक 1 से 15 सितंबर 2016 तक हिंदी पखवाड़ा का आयोजन किया गया है। 1
सितंबर को डॉ. सं.दी. सावंत, निदेशक ने सभी कर्मचारियों को अपना अधिक से अधिक
कार्यालयीन कामकाज हिन्दी में करने की शपथ दिलाई । हिन्दी पखवाड़ा के दौरान श्री.
आर. पी. वर्मा,
हिन्दी शिक्षण योजना,
पुणे द्वारा हिन्दी कार्यशाला एवं श्री. किशोर देवधर द्वारा
संस्कृती और हिन्दी भाषा’
का आयोजन किया जाएगा। इसके साथ ही कर्मचारियों के लिए अनुवाद
लेखन, हिन्दी कार्यशाला पर आधारित प्रतियोगिता, कम्प्यूटर पर हिन्दी टंकण, सामान्य
ज्ञान (विषय-अंगूर), टिप्पणी लेखन, निबंध लेखन आदि प्रतियोगिताओं का आयोजन किया
सप्ताह का समारम्भ 14 सितंबर 2016 पर तय हुआ है, जिसमें मुख्य अतिथि द्वारा
प्रतियोगिता के विजेताओं को पुरस्कारों का वितरण किया जाएगा।
Training on Integrated Pest Management in Grapes at ICAR-NRCG, Pune
ICAR-NRC for Grapes, Pune
conducted a two-day
capacity building and skill development
for 25 participants from field staff of M/s E.I. DuPont India Private Limited on
‘Integrated Pest Management
in Grapes’ during 05-06 August, 2016. The objective of the training programme
was to impart knowledge on the use of appropriate strategies with major emphasis
on safer options for effective pest management vis-à-vis minimum pesticide
residue in final harvest. Dr. Indu S. Sawant, Dr. Sujoy Saha and Dr. D.S. Yadav
were Course Coordinators. The training programme covered the following areas.
risks in grapes in two pruning one crop system
Use of biocontrol
agents for management of diseases and pesticide residues in grapes
and disease management in relation to choice of fungicides ascertaining minimum
detection of fungicide residues in grapes
bacterial and viral diseases of grapes
Advances in the
application technology of pesticides
Management of thrips
and jassids in vineyards
mealybug and stem borer in vineyards
Management of flea
beetle, caterpillars and mites in vineyards
Optimum use of growth
regulators in table grapes for better quality and zero residue risks
monitoring plan for exportable grapes
celebrated International Yoga day on 21st June 2016
ICAR-National Research Centre for
Grapes (ICAR-NRCG) organized a session on yoga and meditation at the ICAR-NRCG
on 21st June 2016. The main objective was to initiate a healthy
activity to be inculcated in daily routine and create awareness about different
forms of yoga and its benefits. This programme was organised in association with
the ‘Art of Living’ and ‘Patanjali’ groups. Almost 80 participants which
included the scientists, research associates, senior research fellows,
administrative staff and labour staff participated with utmost enthusiasm.
Miss. Zareen Khan welcomed the yoga
instructors and volunteers and addressed the participants about the importance
Dr. S.D. Sawant, Director, ICAR-NRCG
inaugurated the session with positive words and encouraged the others to take
full benefit of the programme.
In the morning hours, the team of
‘Art of Living’ comprised of Shashank Bhutada, Rahul Pharade and Ankita Bhutada
introduced the basic techniques of breathing exercise, yoga and meditation in a
lively and energetic manner. It included warm up techniques, stretching
exercises and relaxation meditation techniques by guided mediation. They
received earnest participation from the audience and a very positive response
due to their unique style of teaching and co-ordination. They urged the
participants to regularly follow these techniques in daily routine to reduce
stress and increase productivity.
In the evening hours, Mr. Namdeo Ingale, an instructor from the ‘Patanjali – Yog
Samiti’ group demonstrated various asanas and breathing techniques for healthy
living. He explained the importance of each asana for its powerful ability to
get rid of many health disorders. He also added the importance of healthy eating
and lifestyle for an overall healthy productive life.
Brainstorming session on
‘Phytochemicals: possible applications in nutraceutical and bio-medicine fields’
at the ICAR-NRCG on 17th June 2016
ICAR-National Research Centre for
Grapes (ICAR-NRCG) and ICAR-Directorate of Floriculture Research (ICAR-DFR) in
association with the Society for Advancement of Viticulture and Enology (SAVE)
organized a one-day brainstorming session on ‘Phytochemicals: possible
applications in nutraceutical and bio-medicine fields" at the ICAR-NRCG on 17th June,
2016. The main objective was to explore the possibility of planning
inter-disciplinary research programmes on this emerging research area.
Dr. S.D. Sawant, Director, ICAR-NRCG
welcomed the participants.
Dr N.K. Krishna Kumar, DDG (Hort.
Science) chaired the session and reflected upon the plant biodiversity and
wealth of the phytochemicals with diverse applications in bio-medical fields. He
also urged the participating scientists to take active initiatives in developing
innovative and collaborative interdisciplinary research programs on
phytochemicals in collaboration with relevant organizations from ICMR, CSIR and
various universities. The program was attended by the Directors and scientists
of ICAR-DOGR, ICAR-NRCP (Solapur), ICAR-DFR and eminent scientists from various
other organizations like ICAR-IARI, Calcutta University, etc.
Eminent speakers from various
institutions made their presentations on phytochemicals research including
exploration of biological potential of phytochemicals from grapes, pomegranate
and flowers, development of health benefitting nutraceutical products, in-vitro
and in-vivo assays for evaluating phytochemicals for prevention and treatment of
human diseases, assessment of bioavailability of phytochemicals, etc. ICAR-NRCG
introduced their spray-dried anthocyanin formulation from in-house developed
grape hybrid Medika and also presented its composition and preliminary
Krishna Kumar, DDG (Hort. Science), ICAR giving introductory talk on
Spray-dried anthocyanin from in-house developed grape hybrid Medika
formulated in capsules and powder
Brainstorming session on important issues in grapes organized jointly by
MPKV, Rahuri and ICAR-NRCG, Pune on June 16, 2016
Special Swachhta Pakhwada during 16-31st May
ICAR-NRCG undertook special cleanliness drive within and around the Centre. One
day waste material from laboratories and vineyards was collected at one place.
Subsequent days it was classified into non-degradable (paper, cardboard boxes,
glass, plastic, etc.) and bio-degradable material. All staff was informed about
importance of classification and waste disposal system. Last day we took the
same message in procession with banners to a nearby village ‘Shewalewadi’.
Discussions took place with the villagers on awareness of waste disposal.
Further programmes have been planned for composting of biodegradable material
involving villagers and staff of ICAR-NRCG.
Collection of waste material from different laboratories
Classification of waste for further disposal
Discussion with village women
Procession in nearby village on
One day workshop on “Neutraceutical
potential of grapes and its utilization” on 20th March
one day workshop on “Neutraceutical potential of
grapes and its utilization” was organised at the ICAR-NRC Grapes on 20th March 2015 to
streamline the current research endeavours of the institute in exploring the
tenturian varieties of grapes as
potential source of nutraceutical products. All the scientists of the institute
participated and actively contributed in this one-day workshop.
Dr. S.D. Sawant, Director ICAR-NRCG chaired the program, and eminent researchers
from other institutions, viz. Dr. S. Walia and Dr. Supradip Saha from the
Division of Agricultural Chemicals, IARI, New Delhi, Dr. D.G. Naik, from
Chemistry Division, Agharkar Research Institute, Pune and Dr. Pooja Doshi from
the Division of Biochemistry, University of Pune deliberated on various
approaches and techniques of exploration of the neutraceutical potential of
plants and how to develop effective neutraceutical products. It was a highly
interactive workshop which enlightened the participants regarding the workflow
of purification of natural products, e.g. anthocyanins, flavonoids, etc. from
fresh grape berries as well as the by-products of wine industries and their
utilization in preparing neutraceutical products. Dr Ahammed Shabeer T.P. and
Dr. A.K. Sharma, Scientists from ICAR-NRCG, who are running an institute project
on phenolic profiling of grapes and winery waste utilization, updated the
participants about the research accomplishments made so far, and it received
In the concluding remark Dr. S.D. Sawant urged the scientists of ICAR-NRCG to
take active initiatives in developing innovative and collaborative
interdisciplinary research in their respective subject of specialization to
facilitate utilization of grapes in developing neutraceutical products and
functional foods. The workshop was conceived and coordinated by Dr Kaushik
Banerjee, ICAR National Fellow and Principal Scientist of the institute.
Grape Field Day organized at
Dhondgavan, district Nasik
on 8th February 2015
The Centre 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.
promising hybrids and selections developed by the Centre viz. Manjari Naveen,
Kishmish Rozavis White, and A 18/3 were also
at their physiological maturity
in the varietal demonstration block,
Introduced grape varieties like Autumn Royal and Fantasy Seedless were also
Six hundred and sixty two grape growers from
Maharashtra participated in the Field Day.
Dr. N.K. Krishna Kumar,
DDG (Hort. Sci.) and
Dr. T. Janakiram, ADG
(Hort. Sci.), ICAR, New Delhi; and Dr. B.M.C. Reddy, Dr. B.L. Jalali, Dr. G.S.
Prakash, Dr. R. Palaniyappan, Dr. E.R. Suresh and Dr. K. Srinivasan, who are the
Chairman and members of RAC of the Centre also participated and interacted with the growers.
Mr. K. Mote, JD, Agriculture, Nasik; Mr. S.K. Nagare, PD, ATMA, Nasik;
Mr. Jagdish Holkar, President, IGPB, Pune; Mr. Ashok
Gaikwad, President and MR. Subhash Arve, Vice-President, MRDBS attended the
afternoon, a technical session presided by Dr. N.K. Krishna Kumar, was arranged.
Dr. S.D. Sawant welcomed the dignitaries and grower participants. ICAR-NRCG
scientists presented technical information about the varieties and procedure and
economics of juice making.
The above dignitaries on the dais addressed the gathering. Technical bulletin
‘Establishment of new vineyards’ was released by the hands of
Dr. N.K. Krishna Kumar, DDG (Hort. Sci.) at the function.
Ms. Amla, Scientist ICAR-NRCG compared the programme.
Dr. N.K. Krishna Kumar, DDG (HS) Dr. B.M.C Reddy,
Chairman RAC, ICAR-NRCG, Pune visited the vineyard of Medika
The release of
Technical bulletin ‘Establishment of new vineyards’
by the hands of
Dr. N.K. Krishna Kumar, DDG (HS)