Annual Maize Workshop Organized at Hyderabad

8th April, 2013, Hyderabad

Directorate of Maize Research and Acharya NG Ranga Agricultural University, Hyderabad jointly organized the 56th Annual Maize Workshop at Hyderabad from April 6-8, 2013.

Dr. S.K. Datta, Deputy Director General (Crop Science) mentioned that it is not unrealistic to think of achieving 50 m t of maize grain production in next 5 to 10 years, given the increased trends of demand of maize in international market for food, feed and ethanol production.

Dr. A. Padma Raju, Vice-Chancellor, ANGRAU extolled the scientists efforts in touching new heights of maize productivity from 3 t/ha to 8 t/ha in some areas of Andhra Pradesh in the rabi season.

Dr. R.P. Dua, Assistant Director General (FFC) was the Chief Guest of the inaugural function and Dr. R. Sudhakar Rao, Director (Research), ANGRAU presided over. Dr. Dua emphasized the greater role of maize in future for providing nutritional and food security and in meeting challenges due to climate change. He also awarded certificate of appreciation to the best performing centres/organizations.

Earlier, Dr. O.P. Yadav, Project Director reviewed the maize improvement work carried out during 2012-13.

The variety identification committee, which met during the workshop, identified 25 new hybrids of different maturity groups for cultivation in different seasons of various production ecologies in the country. The identified hybrids includes specialty corn and Quality Protein Maize and hybrids that are very high in starch suitable specifically for starch industry.

The new website of the Directorate of Maize Research (www.dmr.res.in) was launched in the workshop. More than 200 scientists from different national and international research Institutes/Universities/Government Departments/ Private sector organizations participated in this workshop.

(Source: DMR, New Delhi)