Friday, 14 December 2018

XXIX Workshop of AICRP on Spices at Dr. Y. S. Parmar University of Horticulture & Forestry, Solan, Himachal Pradesh

The XXIX Workshop of ICAR-All India Coordinated Research Project on Spices was conducted during 4-6th October 2018 at Dr. Y. S. Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Solan, Himachal Pradesh. The workshop was inaugurated by Dr. Hari C. Sharma, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, Dr. YSPUH & F, Solan on 4th October 2018 who opined that advanced biotechnological tools may be utilized for crop improvement and to enhance secondary metabolite content in spices. Dr. J.N. Sharma, Director of Research, Dr. YSPUH & F, Solan presided over the function and Dr. A. K. Sharma, Professor and Head, Department of Vegetable Science, Dr YSPUH&F, Solan welcomed the gathering. During the inaugural session the “Best AICRPS Centre Award 2017-18” was presented to Pepper Research Station, Panniyur (KAU), Kerala. Thirteen booklets/pamphlets on spices production technologies in English and local languages from different AICRPS centres were released during the occasion. Dr. K. Nirmal Babu, Director, ICAR-IISR & Project Coordinator (Spices), Kozhikode highlighted the importance of spices in Indian economy and research accomplishments made in spices. Dr Gopal Lal, Director, ICAR-NRC for Seed Spices, Ajmer and Dr. Rakesh Gupta, Dean, College of Horticulture, Dr. YSPUH & F, Solan were the Guest of Honour and offered felicitations. Dr. Meenu Gupta, PI, AICRP Spices at Dr. YSPUH & F, Solan proposed the vote of thanks.

The workshop was organized in six Technical Sessions viz., Genetic Resources and Crop Improvement, Crop Management, Crop Protection, Variety Release, Technology Transfer and Plenary Session. During the workshop, eleven varieties (1 ginger, 1 turmeric, 1 nutmeg, 4 coriander, 1 cumin, 1 fennel and 2 fenugreek) were recommended for release viz., Solan Giriganga (ginger variety by Dr.YSPUH&F, Solan suitable for Western Himalayas), TCP 129 (Turmeric variety by UBKVV, Pundibari for leaf blight disease tolerance), Konkan Sanyukta (high yielding monoecious nutmeg variety by Dr.B.S.K.K.V, Dapoli), Rajendra Dhania 3 (climatic resilient coriander variety by Dr. RPCAU, Dholi), Chhattisgarh Sri Chandrahasini Dhania-2 (powdery mildew tolerant coriander by IGKV, Raigarh), JD (SI)-1 (high quality coriander variety by JNKVV, Jabalpur), Ajmer coriander-3, (high oil and stable yield coriander variety by NRCSS, Ajmer), Gujarat Cumin 5 (high yielding wilt resistant cumin by SDAU, Jagudan), Ajmer fennel 3 (by NRCSS, Ajmer), HM-425 (powdery mildew and downey mildew resistant fenugreek by CCSHAU, Hisar and Narendra Richa (alkaline tolerant fenugreek by NDUA&T, Kumarganj) were recommended. In addition, six location specific technologies for various states were recommended during the transfer of technology session. The technologies include bio-fertilizers application for yield enhancement of coriander, fertigation in coriander and fennel, cumin aphid management, cumin blight management and packages for organic farming in small cardamom. It was suggested to demonstrate the technologies through KVK networks.

Few major discussions taken during the meeting are

  • Dr. Basheer Ahmad, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Science and Technology of Kashmir has given presentation on scope, importance and economics of Saffron and Kala zeera cultivation in Jammu & Kashmir and proposed few experiments for inclusion under Project mode funding of Rs. 1 lakh each from ICAR-AICRP on Spices. The Project mode programmes will be taken up after getting approval from the Council.
  • The genetic resources scientists will work together to avoid duplicates in Plant genetic resources
  • ICAR-IISR, Kozhikode will give training for plant protection scientists on latest methods
  • Collection and evaluation of mango ginger will be taken up this year
  • Unique ginger and turmeric genotypes from North East Institute of Science and Technology, Jorhat, Assam will be included in the MLT of ginger and turmeric.

The Project Coordinator also informed about the mobile app on black pepper jointly developed by IISR and AICRPS is further improved under IPC (International Pepper Community) / AISEF (All India Spices Export Forum) involvement. Guidelines for accreditation of nursery for large cardamom were also presented. The AICRPS centres at Sikkim will identify and multiply the elite lines of large cardamom suitable for Sikkim, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh for the development of mother blocks of large cardamom in the proposed Government nurseries so as to maintain the purity of genotypes and to avoid the spread of virus in large cardamom. For the multiplication of elite planting materials of large cardamom, AICRPS centres at Sikkim may be allotted with an additional contingency of Rs. one lakhs each based on the availability of funds.

Dr. T. Janakiram, Assistant Director General (Horticulture Science), ICAR, New Delhi presided over the Plenary Session and emphasized the significance of spices in doubling farmers income. He also highlighted the importance of temperate spices cops like Saffron and Black cumin (Bunium persicum) for Jammu & Khasmir and Himachal Pradesh conditions. The ADG appreciated the efforts of AICRPS team having won the prestigious Chaudhary Devi Lal award for best AICRP. Dr. Vijay Singh Thakur, Former VC, Dr YSPUH&F, Solan co-chaired the session and emphasized on importance of sustainable horticulture development in Himachal Pradesh and benefit of spices in mixed cropping system. The XXIX AICRPS workshop has also honored Dr. K.K Jindal, Former ADG (Hort.), ICAR, New Delhi and Dr. T. John Zacharriah, Principal Scientist, ICAR-IISR, Kozhikode for their achievemnents for the cause of Spices.


Inuagurating XXIX AICRPS Workshop

Best AICRPSCentre Award for PRS, Panniyur

Release of publications

New ginger variety Solan Giriganga