The ICAR-Directorate of Groundnut Research (ICAR-DGR), a premier institute of its kind in the world was established in the year 1979 to give a fillip to research for enhancing productivity of groundnut in keeping with its importance among the oilseed crops of India. This Directorate came in to being in the Saurashtra region of the Gujarat in the Junagadh city as the first crop commodity research unit under the category of NRC’s (National Research Centres) of the ICAR. This was elevated to the level of a Directorate in the year 2009 and rechristened as the Directorate of Groundnut Research (DGR). Besides in-house research projects, an umbrella research project ‘All India Coordinated Research Project on Groundnut’ or AICRPG in short, also operates from this Directorate.
Since its inception, to realize its mandate of being truly a centre of excellence, this Directorate has constantly improved the quality of research and augmented the infrastructure facilities. The Directorate has state of art research facilities and is an ISO 9001-2008 certified organization. Research work carried out during the last more than three and half decades at ICAR-DGR, Junagadh along with AICRP-G has paid rich dividends in the terms of release of more than 190 varieties and development of good number of sustainable production, protection and post harvest management technologies. The quest of this Directorate is to maximize the economic, environmental and societal benefits to farmers and all other stakeholders engaged with Groundnut crop, to bring prosperity and security, through scientific interventions. I feel reassured in taking on every challenge in a big way to meet the goals in the frontiers of Groundnut scientific research and the ‘DGR Vision 2050’ document speaks volumes on it.
The Directorate has carried out pioneering work on varietal development, development of package of practices, groundnut production and protection technologies and transgenic development having tolerance to various biotic and abiotic stresses. Since it is of utmost importance to transfer the benefits of scientific research to the farmers and the society, this Directorate has been conducting various training programmes and organizing the FLDs to propagate, encourage, and guide the entrepreneurs to successfully adopt the improved technologies. Various memorandums of understandings (MoUs) have been inked between DGR and industries for technology commercialization.
Keeping in view the changing National needs, the Directorate has opened a regional station at Anantapur (Andhra Pradesh), during 2015 and one more is planned at West Medinipur district of West Bengal. Besides, a seed production activity has been initiated during 2015 at ARC, CSWRI, Bikaner. The journey traversed by DGR has been rewarded with many awards and accolades including the prestigious ‘Oustanding Partnership Award’ by ICRISAT, Hyderabad in the year 2009.
I am quite confident that we will join hands decisively, to act together to make brand DGR outshine nationally and globally in the years ahead. I heartily thank the dedicated cadre of scientists, technical staff and all other temporary staff for bringing glory to this institution and wish each of them good luck for their future endeavors.