Farmers witness best maize hybrids at Dekalb Maize Hybrids Museum

10/18/2014

Monsanto’s Dekalb Maize Hybrids Museum demonstrates range of maize hybrids and agronomic practices to achieve better yields with optimum use of resources

Narha Panapur, East Champaran Bihar, 18 October 2014: In an attempt to showcase the benefits of Dekalb maize hybrid in the Kharif season, Monsanto India Limited has established two Dekalb Hybrid Maize Museums here in Village Narha Panapur, in the East Champaran district of Bihar. The two museums are spread over a combined area of eight (8) acres and showcase a range of ten (10) Dekalb maize hybrids. The museums have been established in partnership with the Cereal System Initiative for South Asia (CSISA).

Established in July this year, the museums seek to spread awareness on the necessity and benefits of diversifying from the traditional crop paddy, which is grown predominantly in this region of the state of Bihar. Though Bihar is recognised as one of the major producer states for paddy which has been one of its principal crops in the past decades, there is a flip side to the story too. Changing climatic conditions have increasingly imposed challenges like drought, diseases, insect and pests. The rising inputs cost coupled with issues like declining productivity and profitability of rice necessitate the quest for alternative crops that can help local farmers move beyond these challenges and support farming in the state in the years to come.

The Dekalb maize Hybrids Museums at Narha Panapur, a first-of-its-kind initiative in the state by CSISA and a private company, demonstrates the wide range of Dekalb hybrid maize along with recommended agronomic practices for an optimum yield. A total of ten varieties including DKC 9126, DKC 9145, DKC 9149, DKC 9177, Double, Hishell, DKC 9144, DKC 8101, DKC 7074 and DKC 9133 are being showcased here, planted with flat bed and ridge & furrow methods. The museums effectively demonstrate the benefits of adopting maize for the farmers in the longer run. The wide range of maize hybrids seeds and the corresponding outputs will enable farmers to decide for themselves the best one they wish to pick up for the next season. The museum offers a comparative of benefits of ridge & furrow planting methods vis-a-vis the traditional flat-bed planting which is followed in these parts of Bihar.

Dr R K Malik, Hub Manager and Team Member, CSISA Executive committee and CSISA-India Management, said Farmers have done wonderfully well in this region to contribute towards the high paddy production in the country. But we believe it’s now time that they consider other cereals, to support the long term high production volumes and maintain growth momentum they have experienced till now. This Dekalb Hybrid Maize Museum is a great platform and our effort is to showcase the extensive potential that the farmers might want to exploit.”

CSISA is working with Monsanto team for Dekalb for the past three years during Kharif, Rabi and spring maize seasons. Primary objectives of this partnership are widespread delivery and adaptation of production and post-harvest technologies to increase cereal production and raise incomes and research on crop and resource management practices for sustainable future cereal-based systems.

Through this museum, we aim to demonstrate to our stakeholders (farmers) a great deal of options that they have to get more output from their farms, improved hybrid maize seeds, improved crop management practices and agronomic knowledge, that result in enhanced yields and returns for hybrid maize cultivation. This will not only help with sustainable farming in the next few decades, but also will lead to socio-economic benefits for our fellow farmers with increased returns on their investments,” added Mr Amrendra Kumar, Technology Development Manager, Monsanto.

CSISA scientists and Monsanto teams will continue to jointly monitor the fields till harvest and showcase the hybrids performance at different stages of crop.

About CSISA:

The Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA) was established in 2009 to promote durable change at scale in South Asia’s cereal-based cropping systems. CSISA supports regional and national efforts to improve cereal production growth in South Asia’s Indo-Gangetic Plains. Operating in rural “innovation hubs” in Bangladesh, India and Nepal, CSISA involves more than 300 public, civil society and private sector partners in the development and dissemination of various arms of cropping practices. To learn more about the initiative, please visit: http://csisa.org/.

 

About Monsanto:

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For further information, please contact:

Anuj Gupta

Edelman India

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Ruchi Sharma

Public Affairs

Monsanto India

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ruchi.sharma@monsanto.com