Dr. Rajiv Arvind Marathe

Born in Sakhardoh village of Washim district, Maharashtra, India on November 28, 1965. Educated as B.Sc. (Agriculture) (1987) from Shri Sivaji College of Agriculture, Amravati; M.Sc. (1989) and Ph.D. (2005) in the discipline of Soil Science from Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth, Akola (MS).

Director, ICAR-National Research Centre on Pomegranate, Solapur, Maharashtra

Senior Technical Assistant (Field), RC, Jorhat, Assam, 1989-1994 and HQ Nagpur, Maharashtra, 1994-1995; Pr. Scientist, ICAR-National Bureau of Soil Survey & Land Use Planning, Nagpur, 2017-2021; Scientist, 1995-2001, Scientist (Sr. Scale), 2001-2005, Pr. Scientist, ICAR-Central Citrus Research Institute, Nagpur, Maharashtra, 2013-2017; Sr. Scientist, 2005-2011; Pr. Scientist, 2011-2013 and Director ICAR-NRC on Pomegranate, Solapur, Maharashtra, 2021 to date.

Awards/Honours: National level ICAR award - Vasantrao Naik Award for Outstanding Research Application In Dryland Farming System 2021; Eminent Scientist Award - 2022’ by AEDTS, Uttarakhand, India conferred in the ‘4th International Conference held at Pokhara, Nepal; State Level ‘’Rajarshi Chatrapati Shahu Maharaj Krishi Jivan Gaurav Puraskar’’ 2017 by Bahujan Pratisthan, Mhada, Solapur, Maharashtra; Best Research Paper Award – 2019 Indian Asso. Soil and Water Con.; Best Publication awarded by ICAR-CCRI, Nagpur, Appreciation letters from DDG (HS), ICAR, New Delhi and Raman Science Centre, Nagpur and Best Oral (6) and Best Poster (9) presentation awards. Some important honors includes Member of General Body of ICAR and Member, Executive Council’ of Vasantrao Naik Marthwada Krishi Vidyapeeteh, Parabhani.

Fellow: Indian Academy of Horticultural Science, New Delhi; Indian Society of Arid Horticulture, Bikaner; Society for Advancement of Research on Pomegranate, Solapur and Indian Society of Citriculture, Nagpur.

Research Areas: Soil survey, mapping, soil characterization, nutrient and water management in containerized nurseries and fruit crop orchards, abiotic stress management, rootstock, organic farming, HDP in fruit crop like citrus and pomegranate

Address: Director, ICAR-National Research Centre on Pomegranate, Kegaon, Solapur 413255, Maharashtra; 52, NELCO Society, Subhash Nagar, Nagpur 440022, Maharashtra; [Tel: Cell: 9890609657; Email: ramarathe28@gmail.com]