59th AICRP on Wheat and Barley Workers Virtual Meeting

59th All India wheat & barley research workers’ virtual meet

(24-25 August, 2020)

Under the aegis of ICAR-Indian Institute of Wheat and Barley Research, Karnal, the 59th Annual Group Meeting of All India Coordinated Research Project (AICRP) on Wheat and Barley was organized during August 24-25, 2020 in a virtual mode. More than 300 researchers from India, Bangladesh, Nepal, ICARDA, Morocco and CIMMYT Mexico actively participated in this meet. The purpose of this meet was to review the progress made during 2019-20 and also to prepare a roadmap for 2020-21.

Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary DARE, Govt of India & Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi, who was the chief guest, inaugurated the 59th All India wheat & barley research workers’ virtual meet on 24th August, 2020. In his inaugural address, Prof Mohapatra congratulated all wheat workers, policy makers and farmers for their untiring efforts and contribution in achieving a record production of 107.59 million tonnes. Dr. Mohapatra emphasized the role and importance of international collaborations with CIMMYT and ICARDA and other international agencies in this endeavour. However, he called upon everyone for the challenges of managing this additional production in an efficient way. He also reiterated that the scientists associated with the AICRPs should take responsibility to explore the possibilities of increasing the farmers’ income in light of the PM’s call on doubling the farmer income by 2022 particularly through wheat processing and value addition.

Dr. GP Singh presented highlights of progress made under AICRP on Wheat and Barley during the period. He also mentioned about the newly released varieties and the genetic stocks developed in wheat and barley. In his welcome address, Dr. GP Singh also congratulated the researchers, policy makers and farmers for harvesting the highest wheat production and making the meet successful even under COVID-19 pandemic situation.


Dr. T.R. Sharma, Deputy Director General (Crop Sciences), Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi chaired the inaugural as well as the planning sessions. In his address, he emphasized the role of wheat in food and nutritional security of the country. He stressed the need to improve nutritional quality of wheat by biofortification of important micronutrients such as protein, zinc and iron in food crops and especially in wheat. Dr. Y.P. Singh, Assistant Director General (FFC), ICAR, New Delhi, expressed his concern over the dwindling area of ​​barley in the country and stressed the need for brainstorming on this matter. Al l the principal investigators presented their respective progress reports for the year 2019-20.

Presentations on International Collaborations for Wheat & Barley Improvement were made by Dr Ravi P. Singh,  CIMMYT, Mexico; Dr Parminder Virk, Harvest Plus, and Dr Michael Baum, ICARDA, Morocco covering various spheres of research collaborations of international organization with Indian wheat and barley improvement programme.

During the meet, one session was organised to review the progress of all cooperating centres in Central Zone during the last five years. It was pointed out that at some centers the posts under AICRP are not filled for many years.

In all 12 new proposals were presented to Varietal Identification Committee (VIC) meeting, chaired by Dr. TR Sharma, DDG (CS), ICAR, New Delhi. The identified Wheat and Barley varieties included;


NWPZ  (Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Rajasthan (except Kota & Udaipur divisions), West U.P. (except Jhansi division), Jammu & Kathua districts of J & K, Paonta Valley & Una district of H.P., and Tarai region of Uttarakhand.) : HD 3298 (Irrigated and very late sown); DBW 187, DBW 303; WH 1270 (All for early sowing and irrigated condition);

NEPZ (East UP, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal): HD 3293 (Restricted irrigated and timely sown condition);

CZ (Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Kota & Udaipur divisions of Rajasthan and Jhansi division of Uttar Pradesh): CG 1029, HI 1634 (Irrigated and late sown condition);

PZ (Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Goa and plains of Tamil Nadu): DDW 48 (durum) (Irrigated and timely sown), HI 1633 (Irrigated and late sown), NIDW 1149 (durum) (Restricted and timely sown).


NWPZ: A malt barley variety DWRB 182 (Irrigated and timely sown).


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