Research Advisory Committee (RAC)
The second meeting of 8th RAC was held during 26-27 April 2019. The Chairman of RAC, Dr. D.S. Rathore discussed about recent QRT recommendations and global trends in cashew research and felt the need to align the research programmes with QRT recommendations too. Dr. P.C. Lenka, member, RAC, felt the need to devise moisture meter for cashew. The other two members, Dr. Subhash Chander and Dr. K.B. Hebbar, also made introductory remarks about various research needs. This was followed by a presentation about the Action Taken Report on the previous RAC recommendations by Dr. J. Dinakara Adiga, Member Secretary, 8th RAC. Thereafter, presentations on the progress of research in Crop Improvement, Crop Management, Crop Protection, Post Harvest Technology, and Transfer of Technology were made by the scientists of DCR. After the completion of deliberations under different sections, the Chairman discussed at length about feedbacks from scientists, farmers, processors and consumers concerned to future needs of cashew research. Prior to the meeting, visit to processing factories in Mangaluru was undertaken in the afternoon of 25 April 2019 and field visits to progressive farmers fields in the forenoon of 26 April 2019. Based on the presentations and discussions, the RAC made recommendations for different research programmes.
Institute Management Committee
The 48th meeting of IMC was held on 7 February 2019 wherein IMC members interacted with QRT
Institute Research Committee
The 32nd Institute Research Committee (IRC) meeting of ICAR-DCR, Puttur was held during 15-16 May 2019. There were four technical sessions chaired by experts of the field. Dr. A. Mohan Rao, Professor, Department of Genetics and Plant Breeding, UAS, GKVK, Bengaluru was the resource person for the technical session on ‘Crop Improvement’. Dr. Ravi Bhat, Head, Division of Crop Production, ICAR-CPCRI, Kasaragod was the resource person for ‘Crop Management’. For Crop Protection and Post Harvest Technology sessions, Dr. Kamala Jayanti, Principal Scientist, Division of Entomology and Nematology, IIHR, Bengaluru and Dr. Harinder Singh Oberoi, Head, Division of Post Harvest Technology, IIHR, Bengaluru were the resource persons, respectively. In each session, the results of various ongoing projects were presented along with new project proposals by the scientists of DCR and the details were deliberated. New project proposals included, Generation mean analysis in cashew to understand the nature of gene action for important traits, Breeding for reduced tannin content in cashew apples of popular cultivars, In vitro pollen germination and pollen tube growth of cashew varieties in response to high temperature stress, Cashew – tea mosquito bug interactions and the defensive responses, and Influence of Apis cerana and Braunsapis sp. on pollination and fruit set of cashew. Accordingly, the technical programme of the projects for the year 2019-20 was also finalized.
Institute Joint Staff Council
The IJSC meeting was held on 29 March 2019 under the chairmanship of Director (Acting), ICAR- DCR, Puttur at Kemminje campus of DCR and the agenda items were discussed for the benefit of DCR staff members.