Dr. R.G. Somkuwar


R.G. Somkuwar

Dr. R. G. Somkuwar, Principal Scientist,  (Horticulture)


  • B.Sc. (Agriculture) from Dr. Punjabrao Deshmukh KrishiVidyapeeth, Akola during the period of 1983-87.
  • M.Sc. in Agriculture from Dr. Punjabrao Deshmukh KrishiVidyapeeth, Akola (Maharashtra) during the period of 1987-89.
  • Ph.D. in Horticulture from Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi during the period of 1989-1992 in the area of vegetable breeding.

Specialization / Discipline

  • Crop Production

Positions held

Principal Scientist (ICAR):
  • 01.01.2009 – continuing: National Research Centre for Grapes, Pune, M.S.
Senior Scientist (ICAR) :
  • 04.08.2001 to 31.12.2008: National Research Centre for Grapes, Pune, M.S.
Scientist, Senior Scale (ICAR) :
  • 04.08.1997 to 04.08.2001: National Research Centre for Grapes, Pune, M.S.
Scientist (ICAR):
  • 04.08.1992 to 16.12.1996: Indian Institute of Horticulture Research, Bangalore (Karnataka)

Area of specialization

  • Training and pruning practices, rootstock, bio regulators, mass multiplication of grape rootstock.

Current research interest

  • Canopy management practices in table and wine grapes, standardization of cultural practices in table and wine grapes and production of quality planting material.

Professional experience

  • Dr. R. G. Somkuwar has standardized canopy architecture of Tas-A-Ganesh table grapes trained to flat roof gable system of training to achieve production of quality grapes. He has standardized cultural practices (shoot orientation, shoot density, bunch load, stage of girdling and pruning position and pruning time) to achieve quality grapes.
  • He has evaluated performance of Thompson Seedless grapes grafted on different rootstock and also standardized the stock and scion age for grafting, period of grafting, shoot diameter for multiplication of rooted cuttings, season for multiplication of rootstock cuttings.

Students guided :

  • M. Sc.-04
  • Ph.D.- 1 (ongoing)

Honours and recognition :

  • Recognized as a guide for Ph.D. in the discipline of Botany, University of Pune from the year 2008.
  • Recognized as a guide for Ph.D. in the discipline of Agrochemicals and Pest Management, Shivaji University, Kolhapur from 2011.
Honorary member:
  • GodwaKrishiMasik
  • Drakshavritta, Grape growers Association, Maharashtra.
  • Kribhushan Magazine, Pune
  • BalirajaKrishi Magazine, Pune
  • ShetakariMasik, Pune
  • Scientist of the Year (2005) by NESA (National Environmental Science Academy, New Delhi) for contribution in the field of viticulture.
  • Abhinav Gaurav(2006) by Abhinav Grape Growers Association, Junnar (Pune Dist.) for contribution in the field of Viticulture.
  • Bhaskar Award (2007) by Journalist Foundation of Pune for contribution in writings for the benefits of farmers.
  • V. B. Rahudkar award by BALIRAJA (2007) for Marathi Book “Techniques in Grape Production” (2007).
  • Vasantrao Naik Agril. Scientist Award (2009) by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra Sh. Ashokrao Chavan for contribution in the field of viticulture
  • Dr.Punjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Puraskar(2009) by Bhartiya Krushak Samaj at Nasik on 29th November, 2009 for his contribution in the field of agriculture.
  • Sahyadri Krishi Puraskar (2009) by Mumbai Doordarshan, Mumbai, Government of India for best extension service rendered to the grape growers.
  • Rashtriya Ekatmata Fellowship (2010) from Bharatiya Samaj Vikas Academy, Mumbai on 27.09.2010 at Pune.
  • Best Citizen Award (2011) by International Publication house, New Delhi during 2011.
  • Maharashtra Bhushan award-2012 by Lokkalyan Mandal, Nasik for the contribution in the field of agriculture.
  • Vidarbha Bhushan award -2012 for best work in the field of agriculture.


Training acquired on:
  • 42nd Foundation Course for ARS Scientists at NAARM, Hyderabad (1992)
  • Physiology & Bio-chemistry of fruit crops during 13thNovember - 12thDecember 2000 organized by Centre for Advanced Studies, Department of Horticulture, MPKV, Rahuri.
  • Recent Advances in Herbicide use Research during 24thJuly - 2ndAugust 2000 organized by Division of Agronomy IARI, New Delhi.
  • Refresher course on MS Word at IASRI, New Delhi, during the year 2003.
Training given on:
  • Establishment of new grape vineyard.
  • Importance of use of grape rootstock in vineyard establishment.
  • Canopy management practices to minimize the diseases in grapes in double pruning system.
  • Cultural practices followed during back pruning for effective fruitfulness in grapes.
  • Cultural practices followed during fruit pruning for the production of export quality grapes.
Publications:(Click to access list)