Trainings/Extension activites

Specialized training programmes are organized regularly on improvement, production technology and seed production of vegetable crops for the benefit of scientists, state agriculture officers, extension workers and farmers.


Subject of the training programme

Sponsoring agency



Study Tour cum Training – Vegetable seed production techniques and post harvest handling of seeds for the DPR Korean Nationals


December 27th, 2012 to January 11th, 2013


Entrepreneur Development Programme On “Vegetable Seed Production”


October 1st  to 5th, 2013


Subject matter training programme in Horticulture for scientists of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Ministry of External Affairs, GOI

August 1st, 2013 to January 30th, 2014


Model Training Course on “Promotion and Organization of Scientific Nutrition Gardening for household Health Security and Tackling of malnutrition " 

Directorate of Extension, Ministry of Agriculture, GOI

January 17th to 24th, 2015


ICAR winter school on “Advances in Improvement of Vegetable Crops using Biotechnological approaches”

ICAR, New Delhi – 110 012.

September 18th to October 8th, 2015


Model Training Course on “Entrepreneurship development to ensure quality vegetable seed productions for making the country nutritionally secure " 

Directorate of Extension, Ministry of Agriculture, GOI

December 10th to 17th, 2015



Extension activities

  1.  Pusa Sabzi Vigyan Mela – 2016 

    The Division of Vegetable Science organised Pusa Sabzi Vigyan Mela on 20th January 2016 in its sprawling Research cum Demonstration farm showcasing its technologies. Various technologies including wide range of varieties/hybrids, exotic vegetables and production systems (low cost protected cultivation, water saving technologies, off-season vegetable cultivation technologies) developed by the division were demonstrated in the vegetable demonstration unit so that farmers and amateur gardeners can see themselves potential of technologies. An exhibition of various fresh vegetable products from divisional varieties/hybrids and scientific information about these were also displayed for the awareness about health and nutritional benefits as well as means of higher income and profit in shorter duration. Farmers from Delhi and neighbouring states of U.P., Haryana, Rajasthan, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Uttrakhand participated in large number, highest ever before around 700 in the Mela. Members of Delhi Kitchen garden association and other lovers of the city got benefitted from this mela as there was also demonstration of Nutrition garden, Container garden, Soilless gardening etc. Other attractions of the Vegetable Mela were Vegetable Seed Sale Counters, Biofertilizers, Post-Harvest Products etc. Literature on package of practices was made available to farmers and amateur gardeners. Technologies developed by other divisions, such as Pusa STFR meter, plant protection measures for diseases and insect pests and machinery for mechanisation of sowing/planting and harvesting, especially of carrot, onion and garlic were also on display besides information on m-krishi led advisory services for farmers.
    This Mela was inaugurated by the then Director IARI Dr. T. Mohapatra in the gracious presence of Dr. K.V. Prabhu, Joint Director Research and Dr. J.P. Sharma, Joint Director Extension. Dr. Pritam Kalia, Head, Division of Vegetable Science welcomed all the guests and participants and explained the importance of technologies developed and displayed by the Division for enhancing profitability and  nutritional, health and livelihood security of farmers.


  2. Carrot Field Day – 2016

            The Carrot Field Day was organized jointly by Division of Vegetable Science and Zonal Technology Management & Business Planning and Development Unit (ZTMBPD) of ICAR-IARI, New Delhi for private seed companies on 24th February, 2016. Representatives of 26 private seed companies participated in Field Day. Dr. Pritam Kalia, Head, Division of Vegetable Science, IARI welcomed delegates and participants. In total, 48 hybrids of normal season carrots were displayed including 31 of red colour, 11 of purple/black, four of orange and two of orange-red. Participants were apprised about the promising and multi-nutrient rich carrot hybrids vis a vis their future prospects. All the hybrids displayed had self-core colour with attractive root shape, size and colour. Black colour hybrids had attractive colour combinations for decorative salad along with multiple antioxidants combinations of anthocyanin, lycopene and/ or β-carotene for nutraceutical led health security of people. Yield potential ranges from 40 – 45 t/ha in normal season.
    During interaction session, Dr. Neeru Bhooshan, Incharge, Zonal Technology Management & Business Planning and Development Unit (ZTMBPD), ICAR-IARI, New Delhi apprised participants of the process of licensing of parental lines of the hybrids of their preference for their large scale seed production.