ICAR-Directorate of Floricultural Research (DFR) as an Institute under Indian Council of Agricultural Research was formally launched on 10th December, 2009 during the XIX Group Meeting of All India Coordinated Research Project on Floriculture held at Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi to promote and strengthen floricultural research and enhance the technological base in floriculture. ICAR-DFR is first of its kind in the Country. Initially it was up in IARI campus on temporary basis. set During 2014 February, the Directorate was shifted to its new location i.e. College of Agriculture Campus , Shivajinagar, Pune 411005. Presently AICRP on Floriculture is an integral part of the DFR, having 21 Centres comprising of 15 Budgetary, four Institutional and two Voluntary centres.
Much of the energies are channelized towards creating the required infrastructure and devising enabling measures for smooth conduct of research and outreach programmes. Common laboratory facility has been setup with equipments brought from Delhi. Similarly repair of glass houses at Shivajinagar campus was sanctioned to CPWD. Digital survey of DFR land at Hadapsar farm, Pune has been completed. Topographical, hydrological and geographical studies at Shivajinagar and Hadapsar campus to facilitate irrigation facilities have been sanctioned to CPWD. For the construction of compound wall at Shivajinagar campus, detailed drawings and estimates were submitted to the ICAR works division for technical vetting, administrative and financial approvals.
In order to overcome the prevailing adhocism efforts were made to streamline the functioning of the ICAR-DFR by adopting the rate contract for labour, chemicals, glassware, transport from ICAR sister institutes besides floating tenders specific for ICAR-DR needs. Tenders have been notified for purchase of various laboratory equipments, Expressions of Interest (EOI) are floated for registration of vendors, Applications have been invited for the recruitment of three T-3 and four Young Professionals and 3 Senior Research Fellows. Issue of rent for office space was resolved with MPKV and request for additional space, renovation of the rooms given for the ICAR-DFR are pending with MPKV.
ICAR-DFR got land at two locations namely College of Agriculture Campus, Shivajinagar and Manjri farm (Keshavnagar), Hadapsar which were acquired and 7/12 extracts obtained in the name of ICAR-DFR during Febraury 2016 as per details given below:
|Place||Area of Land||Khasara No. / Plot No. as per Revenue Dept. / Municipal Record|
|Village: Shivajinagar (Bhamburda) Taluka : Pune City||9.44 Hectare||43-A/1/1|
|Village: Manjari Budruk Taluka: Haveli||17.06 Hectare||123+124+173+177+178|
|Village: Manjari Budruk Taluka: Haveli||2.26 Hectare||125B|
|Village: Hadapsur Taluka: Haveli||5.26 Hectare||188/1B|
|Village: Mundawa Taluka: Haveli||1.13 Hectare||28B|
3.77 ha area of research farm at College of Agriculture campus, Shivajinagar, Pune has been brought under cultivation and presently growing the mandate crops like chrysanthemum, tuberose, marigold and gladiolus.
The Government of Andhra Pradesh has allotted 10.77 acre of land in Vemagiri Village of Kadiyam Mandal (Sy. No. 356/1, 357 & 358) accordingly the Directorate has taken the physical possession of the land on 15th November, 2015 and obtained land delivery certificate. The process of alienation is pending with Goverment of Andhra Pradesh. An estimate is also received from CPWD for carrying out the digital survey and soil testing of the land.
ICAR-Directorate of Floricultural Research,
Zed Corner, Mundhwa Manjri Road, Mundhwa,