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.
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 the Centre.
Inauguration 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.
(Source: ICAR-NRCG – Pune)
Vigilance Awareness Week was observed at ICAR-NRCG, Pune during October 30 to November 4, 2017
Vigilance Awareness Week was observed at ICAR-NRCG, 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.
ICAR-NRCG 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 Manjri 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
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 bio-degradable waste.
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 training programme 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.
· Important disease risks in grapes in two pruning one crop system
· Use of biocontrol agents for management of diseases and pesticide residues in grapes
· Weather forecasting and disease management in relation to choice of fungicides ascertaining minimum detection of fungicide residues in grapes
· Mitigation of bacterial and viral diseases of grapes
· Advances in the application technology of pesticides
· Management of thrips and jassids in vineyards
· Management of 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
· Pesticide residue monitoring plan for exportable grapes
ICAR-NRCG 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 of yoga.
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 anti-cancerous activity.
Dr N.K. Krishna Kumar, DDG (Hort. Science), ICAR giving introductory talk on phytochemicals
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 2016
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 31.05.2016
One day workshop on “Neutraceutical potential of grapes and its utilization” on 20th March 2015
A 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 high appreciation.
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.
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.
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 field day.
In 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)