132 MT of DEKALB 9125 hybrid maize seed distributed to farmers in ongoing Kharif season through training camp
NewZNew (Chandigarh) : In a bid to give a boost to maize farming in the State, the Department of Agriculture, Government of Punjab, yesterday distributed high yielding hybrid maize seeds DEKALB 9125 to farmers at Kharar in association with Monsanto, a leading global sustainable agriculture company.
The activity was carried out during the Kharif Maize Seed Training camp as a part of the Public Private Partnership (PPP) initiative between the Government of Punjab and Monsanto. As a part of the ongoing exercise, Monsanto has distributed about 132 MT of DEKALB 9125 seeds to the farmers in village Gharooan, SAS Nagar, Punjab.
Dr Mangal Singh Sandhu, Director of Agriculture, Government of Punjab, who was present at the event, said “The Government of Punjab sees a huge potential in maize farming in the State. The importance of this crop cannot be overstated given its varied usages in poultry and animal feed and for the manufacture of starch and glucose, besides human consumption. Also, maize plays a key role in our crop diversification campaign. Considering these factors, we have joined hands with private players like Monsanto, in order to provide high quality seeds at affordable prices to local farmers and raise awareness about maize farming in the state.”
Baljinder Singh Nandra, General Manager – Corporate Affairs, Monsanto added, saying “We see a great untapped potential in maize farming in Punjab and Monsanto is committed to support the government and farmers in filling up this gap. DEKALB 9125 is a high yielding maize hybrid for Kharif season for irrigated areas and medium texture soils, and hence highly suitable for this region. The hybrid has a good yield potential of more than 80 quintals per hectare under the recommended agronomic practices, as compared to the average output of 37 quintals per hectare from other hybrids in the region.”
Monsanto officials also guided farmers on the best agronomic practices to be followed. This will help farmers achieve the best possible output from their fields. Ravinder Singh, Technology Development Manager, Monsanto suggested the agronomic practices to be followed. He said, “In order to achieve the optimum yield from the hybrid, we recommend farmers should plant with a density of 27000 plants per acre, at a spacing of 60×20 cms. Raised bed planting helps in better water utilization and also helps avoid water logging during the season. Also, it is highly important that one should only follow recommended fertilizer doses and insect control practices to get a healthy crop and higher yield.”
In addition to providing high yield seeds to the farmers, the Monsanto Farm AgVisory Service (MFAS), established in 2010, offers a full-fledged mobile based agricultural advisory services to over 3.6 million farmers on crop management and agronomic practices. Available 365 days a year, MFAS enables maize, cotton and vegetable farmers to enhance farm yields and profitability by adopting correct agronomic practices. Available in 17 states and seven different languages, the platform provides farmers with timely and customized round-the-season, advisory during different crop stages across pre-sowing, crop management and harvesting. MFAS experts, who are generally agriculture graduates, undergo rigorous training including field visits.