The National Research Centre for Grapes (NRC) organised its 20th foundation day in its campus in Pune Maharashtra. On the occasion, two progressive farmers Subash Arve and Shivajirao Baste were felicitated for collaborating with NRC in the field of demonstration of technologies and varieties developed by the NRC for Grapes at the 20th Foundation Day of the Centre. Arve delivered a technical talk on ‘Current status of dry grape industry in India and its future’.
The importance of keeping alive the interest of rural youth in agriculture for holistic development of the country and in tune with the market and consumer demands was emphasised by the chief guest Dnyaneshwar Phadtare, Retd. Joint Commissioner of Vigilance, Maharashtra. Dr PS Minhas, Director, National Institute of Abiotic Stress Management, (NIASM), Baramati focused on the need to strengthen the collaborative work between NIASM and NRC in the management of edaphic stress in grapes.
Further, Dr Jai Gopal, Director, Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research (DOGR) highlighted the importance of breeding for development of grape varieties with desired traits. Dr KV Prasad, Director, Directorate of Floricultural Research (DFR) spoke on the scope of incorporation of natural colours and flavours from ornamental crops in grape juice. The wall magazine, ‘Angoori’ of NRC for Grapes brought out a special issue depicting photographs and memoirs of the establishment of the NRC for Grapes.