14th September, 2014, Begusarai
Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Union Minister of Agriculture visited Regional Research and Seed Production Station of Directorate of Maize Research (DMR) at Begusarai, Bihar today. He appreciated the seed production plots of maize and soyabean and breeding block at Kusumahaut farm, 20 km away from Begusarai. Shri Singh lauded the efforts of DMR in breeder seed production and contributing significantly in strengthening seed chain to make improved seed available to farmers. He further emphasized to scale-up this activity so that fruits of research reach more number of farmers in a timely manner. Shri Singh called upon the scientists to strengthen research to develop climate-resilient maize to minimize the risk of crop production due to weather aberrations. He particularly emphasized development of drought tolerant maize for kharif season and highly productive maize hybrids for rabi season.
Union Minister interacted with farmers of regions and advised them to adopt improved cultivars and agro-techniques to raise the crop yields and net profit. He exhorted farmers to take care of soil health by adopting suitable and recommended doses of fertilizers and chemicals.
Dr. O.P. Yadav, Project Director, DMR briefed minister on the hybrids and other technologies developed, trainings organized and frontline demonstrations conducted by DMR for different ecologies.
Dr. S.B. Singh, Station In-charge, proposed vote of thanks.
(Source: DMR, New Delhi)