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International workshop on DUS testing of Apple and Pear

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14 September 2022, New Delhi: ICAR-Central Institute of Temperate Horticulture, Srinagar and Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Authority, New Delhi jointly organized two-day International workshop on “DUS testing of apple and pear” (7 – 8 September 2022) at ICAR-Central Institute of Temperate Horticulture, Srinagar, Kashmir (Hybrid Mode) under Indo-German Cooperation on Seed Sector Development.

Dr. K. V. Prabhu, Chairperson, PPV&FRA, Dr. T. K. Nagarathna, Former Registrar, PPVFRA, Dr Ravi Prakash, Ex-Registrar, PPV&FRA and Dr Javid Iqbal Mir, PI, DUS Centre on Temperate Fruits & Nuts Project attended the Workshop.

Dr Om Chand Sharma, Director, ICAR-CITH, Srinagar briefed about the recent activities and achievements of the Institute and specified the probable areas of collaboration with Germany for further cooperation.

Dr. Erik Schulte, Head, Regional DUS Testing Station, highlighted the Fruits in Wurzen, Germany.

During the deliberations thorough discussions resolved many issues related to DUS testing of apple and pear under Indian conditions.

Workshop was attended by scientists from ICAR-CITH, Srinagar, ICAR-NBPGR, Srinagar, SKUAST-K, Srinagar, PPV&FRA, New Delhi, Dr YSPUH&F, Shimla, ICAR-CITH (RS), Mukteshwar etc.

Field visit was also organized to provide on spot training on DUS testing to the participants. Farmers were made aware about protection of their varieties through PPV&FRA and the benefits of protection thereof.

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