Bitter Gourd Field Day

A Bitter Gourd Field Day will be held on 18th December 2021 at ICAR-Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bangalore, India to demonstrate the 2021 APSA-WorldVeg Vegetable Breeding Consortium exclusive lines. Only the 2021 Consortium Companies are eligible to attend this field day. The representatives of the 2021 consortium companies will be able to assess the seven better yielding bitter gourd hybrids of different market segments that are resistant to the local race of powdery mildew in Thailand and one hybrid that is resistant to the Tomato leaf curl New Delhi virus. The 2021 consortium companies who request these hybrids will be provided with their parental lines. The field trial of bitter gourd is funded by the Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Hessaraghatta lake post
Bengaluru - 560089, India

  • Pre-registration is required. No on-site registration is allowed.
  • Registration will begin on 1 November 2021 and will end on 30 November 2021.
  • Please CLICK HERE to register for the Bitter Gourd Field Day
  • 50 USD / participant, including lunch, refreshments
  • One participant per 2021 Consortium Company is free of charge.
  • Payment of registration fee must be made before 30 November 2021. 


Please be advised that during the Brief Introduction of the Bitter Gourd Field Trial Presentation from 10:20 am - 10:50 am (please see agenda below), we will allow each 2021 Consortium Member Company 10 FREE participants to attend via LIVE Zoom Meeting. To register your ONLINE PARTICIPANTS, please CLICK HERE.


We highly recommend participants to book accommodations at one of the 3 hotels stated below, due to its proximity to IIHR. Prices below are estimated room rates and only to be used as reference. Prices may vary from hotel to hotel and depending on booking date. We recommend bookings to be made via any Online Booking Agency (, agoda, etc.) Booking and payment of your hotel accommodations must be made directly to the hotel.

  • Attide Boutique Hotel (first choice)
    • Bellary Rd, Opposite Agni Aero Sports Adventures Academy - Jakkur aerodrome, Yashoda Nagar, Yelahanka, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560065 
    • Single: 3500-4500 INR/person
    • Double: 2500-3500 INR/person
  • Liwa Hotel
    • Yashoda Nagar, Yelahanka, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560064
    • Single: 4500-5000 INR/person
    • Double: 3500-4000 INR/person
  • Royal Orchid Resort & Convention Centre
    • Jakkur Flying Club, Near, Bellary Rd, Allalasandra, Yelahanka, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560065
    • Single: 4000-5000 INR/person
    • Double: 3000-4000 INR/person


  • Shuttle Bus pick-up and drop-off will be complimentary to all particpants staying at hotels within the Yelahanka area, due to the hotel's proximity to IIHR


  • For more details regarding international arrival guidelines into India, please CLICK HERE



Registration at ICAR-IIHR Auditorium
Chairperson: Dr. B. Varalakshmi, Principal Scientist, Division of Vegetable Crops, ICAR-IIHR, Bengaluru

10:00 - 10:10

Welcome Address

  • Dr. K. Madhavi Reddy, I/C Head, Division of Vegetable Crops, ICAR-IIHR, Bengaluru
  • Mr. Ben Wang, Director-General of Taipei Economic and Cultural Center in Chennai
  • Dr. Ramakrishnan M Nair, Regional Director, World Vegetable Center, South Asia/Central Asia, ICRISAT Campus, Hyderabad
10:10 - 10:20

Opening Remarks
Dr. B.N.S. Murthy, Director, ICAR-IIHR, Bengaluru

10:20 - 10:50

Brief Introduction of the Bitter Gourd Field Trial
Dr. B. Varalakshmi and Dr. N. S. Dhillon (pre-recorded video)

10:50 - 11:20

Coffee & Tea Break at ICAR-IIHR Food Court

11:20 - 13:30

Visit the Bitter Gourd Demonstration Trial at ICAR-IIHR Field Block-VIII

13:30 - 14:30

Lunch at ICAR-IIHR Canteen

14:30 - onwards

Departure of Participants

If you have any questions or need any assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact APSA Partnership Program Manager, Ms. Xiaofeng Li at


"The field trial of bitter gourd is funded by the Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs."