Annual Maize Workshop Organized

21st April 2014, Udaipur

Directorate of Maize Research (DMR), New Delhi and Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture and Technology (MPUAT), Udaipur jointly organized the 57th Annual Maize Workshop at Udaipur during 21-23rd April, 2014.

Dr. S.K. Dutta, Deputy Director General (Crop Science) was the Chief Guest on the occasion. In his remark, he appreciated the efforts of maize researchers in developing high-yielding hybrids and production technology. He said that India has still a long way to go to match the global productivity of 5.5 ton/hectare. Dr. Dutta also highlighted the various challenges in the maize sector and urged researchers to use the best modern technologies for maize improvement.

Prof. O.P. Gill, Vice-Chancellor, MPUAT presided over the inaugural function. While highlighting the global maize scenario, he stressed upon the need of genetic engineering and genomics for future maize improvement.

Dr. R.P. Dua, Assistant Director General (FFC) emphasized upon the need of maize based diversification of agriculture and discussed the weed problem in maize, especially during kharif season.

Dr. O.P. Yadav, Project Director, DMR reviewed the maize improvement work carried out during 2013-14 and informed that maize recorded highest ever production of 22.23 million tonnes. He also highlighted the flagship role played by the Directorate and informed that this year a total of 651 germplasm lines were distributed by DMR to various centres of the All India Coordinated Research Project on Maize.

Dignitaries also released a CD on Kharif Progress Report and 4 other books on the occasion.

Earlier, Dr. P.L. Maliwal, Director (Research), MPUAT welcomed the dignitaries and the participants.

The variety identification committee also met during the workshop and identified 25 new hybrids of different maturity groups for cultivation in different seasons of various production ecologies in the country.

More than 200 delegates from different national and international research institutes, universities, government departments and seed industry participated in this workshop.

Dr. S.K. Sharma, Organizing Secretary of the workshop proposed the vote of thanks.

(Source: DMR, New Delhi)