22nd September 2013, New Delhi
Directorate of Maize Research (DMR) organized a ‘National Demonstration of Maize Commercial Hybrids’ and three brain storming sessions on ‘Public-Private Partnership’, ‘Trait Prioritization in Breeding’ and ‘Improving Drought Tolerance’ on 21-22 September 2013.
While visiting the demonstration, Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE and Director General, ICAR appreciated the efforts of national programme in attaining the huge diversity among maize hybrids that is essentially required to cater the need of farmers in different agro-ecological regions of country. He also expressed satisfaction on development and fine-tuning of production technology of maize that have paid a huge dividend especially during the last decade.
Shri Ashish Bahuguna, Secretary, DAC, Government of India termed this initiative as unique showcasing of hybrid technology with great potential to enhance the income of farmers. He conveyed that providing such a wide choice of hybrids to farmers would help achieve crop diversification in different regions of country.
On this occasion, Dr. H.S. Gupta, Director, IARI said that tremendous opportunities exist to take hybrids in non-traditional areas to replace low-yielding traditional varieties while Dr. B.S. Dhillon, Vice Chancellor, PAU highlighted the importance of effective seed production programme to fully harness the benefits of hybrids.
Dr. J.S. Sandhu, Commissioner (Agriculture); Dr. R.P. Dua, ADG (FFC); Dr. J.S. Chauhan, ADG (Seeds) and Dr. S. Mauria, ADG (IP & TM) also gave their valuable remarks on the occasion.
Earlier, Dr. O.P. Yadav, Project Director welcomed the dignitaries and briefed the participants about the objective of National Demonstration.
The event was followed by three brain storming sessions on ‘Public-private partnership to enhance maize improvement and development‘, ‘Trait prioritization in breeding’, and ‘Improving drought tolerance in maize’ under the guidance of Dr. S.K. Datta, DDG (Crop Sciences), Dr. B.S. Dhillon and Dr. S Dass respectively.
On this occasion, a total of 106 hybrids of maize were demonstrated in a compact block. More than 120 researchers, policy makers and other stake holders participated in the programme.
(Source: DMR, New Delhi)