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From the Director’s Desk

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Technologies for Pomegranate Juice, Ready–To-Serve (RTS) Beverage, Technology for Minimal Processing of Pomegranate Arils, Technology for Sparkling Pomegranate Wine & Pomegranate Seed Oil and release of promising varieties for processing ‘Solapur Lal’ and ‘Solapur Anardana.’ Apart from these some technologies are in the pipeline that will reduce cost of production and lead to the total utilization of the pomegranate fruit.
ICAR-NRCP effectively disseminated its technologies through demonstrations, on site and in-house capacity building and supply of extension material all over India. The Centre has been instrumental in transferring developed technologies to stakeholders in Maharashtra and other pomegranate growing states through organizing both on-site and in-house trainings, exhibitions as well as field visits. The Centre has strengthened pomegranate cultivation not only in Maharashtra but also in states like Gujarat, Odisha, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh. NRCP has also introduced pomegranate cultivation in tribal areas of Gadchiroli district of Vidarbha region of Maharashtra, Bankura and Purulia districts in West Bengal and Raigada in Odisha.
To disseminate the information on various technologies and to answer queries on pomegranate farming, ICAR-NRCP has developed Mobile App called ‘Solapur Anar’. The app provides information on all aspects of pomegranate production and value addition, in six languages viz English, Hindi, Marathi, Kannada, Telagu, and Gujarati. As on date it has a rating of 4.8 out of 5.
The research efforts by the scientists and awareness initiatives of ICAR-NRCP in collaboration can be witnessed through tremendous increase in pomegranate area under pomegranate cultivation (122.91%), production (279.15%), productivity (70.12%) and export (382.17%) during last 11 years. Pomegranate cultivation has become a source of livelihood for several rural families in India.
It is a matter of great privilege to serve the institute - with which I am associated since it came into existence - as Acting Director. With the constant guidance, encouragement and support from the ICAR headquarters, vision of the previous Directors who served this Centre, concerted efforts of all the past and present scientists, support of the dedicated technical and administrative staff, the visibility of the ICAR- NRCP has increased many folds at national and international levels. Increase in export through pesticide residue free production and breeding large size varieties is now our new target. I am sure we will continue to move forward with confidence to achieve new milestones.

Date: 01 January, 2018
Dr. Jyotsana Sharma
Acting Director, ICAR-NRCP