Bihar’s maize farmers hope for a bumper harvest this year

6/19/2017

Patna, Monday, June 19, 2017: Last year’s good monsoon has raised hopes amongst Bihar’s maize growing farmers of a bountiful harvest.  While the year 2016 saw farmers receiving an average yield of 35 – 40 quintals per acre, this year the state’s farmers expect the average yield to increase by about 10 – 15 percent.

Subhlesh Kumar Yadav, a farmer from Madhepura district said, “Due to good climatic conditions, our yield is almost 20% higher than previous year.” Year 2013-14 and 2014-15 saw scanty rainfall which had an impact on farm output and had distressed farmers. However, in 2015-16, overall southwest monsoon was good. Most of the states had got excess to normal rainfall.

Corn is grown all year round in Bihar which makes it a natural place for traders to seek supplies. Also since the state is close to neighbouring countries on the east coast, corn is exported to Nepal and Bangladesh by road. The advantage of geography, ideal weather and abundant farm lands make Bihar the “Corn Bowl” of India.

The major corn producing districts in Bihar are Purnea, Katihar, Araria, Kishangunj, Bhagalpur, Saharsa, Madhepura, Supaul, Khagaria, Debusari, Muzaffarpur, Samastipur, Darbhanga, Hajipur, Bettiah and Motihari.

Local farmers in Bihar, who have used Dekalb hybrid maize are quite happy with the results. Sharing his experiences of using Dekalb, hybrids maize farmer Bipin Kumar Biswas from Purnea district said, “This season, Dekalb hybrid maize has given a higher yield than most of the other hybrids available in the market. Our crop has excellent standing and low harvest moisture.” He further added, “This year, I have invested Rs.20000 per acre. I am expecting an output of nearly 50 quintals per acre.” Considering the results of hybrid maize, he is expected to earn a profit upwards of Rs. 40000 from every acre of land.

Ramanugrah Pandey, Regional Sales Manager, Monsanto said, “Maize is an extremely crucial crop for Bihar, with around half a million farmers engaged in maize farming. We believe that even though the average productivity of maize in Bihar is higher than the national average, there is still room for us to take the output to even better levels. Monsanto’s Dekalb range of maize hybrids like Dekalb 9120, Dekalb 9081 and Dekalb 9135 are developed to suit specific agronomic conditions prevalent here.” 

Agriculture is key to overall development and the backbone of Bihar's economy with 77% of workforce engaged in the farming sector. Along with good climatic condition, the timing of sowing is very important. 

Monsanto’s field teams, 80 percent of who are from rural backgrounds constantly engage with farmers to provide them with inputs on best crop management practices which will enable secure optimum yields. Monsanto continues to provide crop management tips to farmers in the state. Its on-field farming experts engage with farmers and educate and advice on aspects like effective use of pneumatic planter, plant spacing and population. These techniques help them derive best results.

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