Monsanto partners with Punjab Government to enable Crop Diversification in state

9/30/2014

Monsanto Centre of Excellence at Nawanshahr demonstrates agronomic practices to achieve better yields with optimum use of resources

Jalandhar, Punjab, 30 September 2014: Monsanto India Technology Development team today showcased how increased yields with hybrid maize can be achieved with optimum use of inputs and proper agronomic practices and crop management technologies. The Monsanto Centre of Excellence (COE) in village Bheen, Nawanshahr, is spread over 11 acres and demonstrates optimal farming methods to maximise returns for local maize farmers and support sustainable maize farming in the long run.

Punjab has led paddy cultivation in India since the Green Revolution. However the need of diversification of cropping patterns became evident when yield levels of major crops began to stagnate, coupled with a diminishing trend in farmer incomes. This has further been compounded by dwindling natural resources such as ground water and soil fertility. The excessive withdrawal of ground water for paddy cultivation has led to impurities in water and increasing depth of underground water in the entire Doaba region. Thus compounding issues of yield stagnancy, contamination of ground water and deterioration of soil health necessitated the move away from paddy cultivation in Punjab.

The Monsanto Centre of Excellence (CoE) at Nawanshahr, a first-of-its-kind initiative in the state by a private brand, demonstrates improved agronomic practices for hybrid maize. The CoE effectively showcases water savings in hybrid maize cultivation by demonstrating hybrid maize variety (DKC 9125) that requires only 6 irrigation cycles as compared to 24-30 for paddy. It demonstrates how mechanized sowing and planting techniques and successful agri-practices like ridge planting, proper  spacing  to achieve optimal plant population  deliver better results as compared to traditional methods which are also labour intensive. It provides the ground to test the best suited usage of fertilizers and nutrients that are recommended to achieve better output. Further, it demonstrates better results through best-in-class weeding techniques and the right use of essential chemicals and pest management practices.

Mr. Baljinder Singh Nandra, General Manager – Corporate Affairs Operations, North, Monsanto India said, “Through this Centre of Excellence, we aim to leverage traditional and modern agriculture systems, better hybrid seeds, technologies, improved crop management practices and agronomic knowledge, along with crop chemistries, to demonstrate enhanced yields and returns for hybrid maize cultivation.”

Our Centre of Excellence plays a vital role in showcasing to the farmers the alternative methods of addressing their major challenges like depleting water table and soil health. We have successfully demonstrated how hybrid maize cultivation, with right variety of hybrid seeds along with best-in-class agronomic practices and crop management technologies can generate far better results with  optimum inputs” added Jatinder Manan, Technology Development Manager, Monsanto India.

 Director Of Agriculture, Punjab-  Dr Mangal Singh Sandhu, several senior Government officials ,agriculture scientists and hundreds of farmers from neighbouring areas have visited the CoE and appreciated the role played by Monsanto in showcasing modern sowing methods, spacing, fertilizer and weed management techniques in hybrid maize cultivation.

About Monsanto:

“Monsanto Company is a leading global provider of technology-based solutions and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food quality. Monsanto remains focused on enabling both small-holder and large-scale farmers to produce more from their land while conserving more of our world's natural resources such as water and energy. To learn more about our business and our commitments, please visit: http://www.monsanto.com/.  Follow our business on Twitter® at http://www.twitter.com/MonsantoCo, on the company blog, Beyond the Rows® at http://www.monsantoblog.com/, or subscribe to our News Release RSS Feed.”

For further information, please contact:

Priyangshu Dutta

Edelman India

+91 9650680077

priyangshu.dutta@edelman.com

 

 

Ruchi Sharma

Public Affairs

Monsanto India

+91 8451000165

ruchi.sharma@monsanto.com