Hybrid seeds continue to benefit Punjab’s maize farmers


Despite environmental challenges farmers reap benefits of state-of-the-art hybrids

Chandigarh, October 14, 2017: Heavy rains and poor commodity prices during the peak of the Kharif sowing season have failed to impact the sentiments of Punjab‘s maize farmers.

As has been the trend in the last few years, this year too, the state’s farmers have showcased their preference for quality hybrid seeds like Dekalb®. Over the years, Dekalb® hybrid seeds have been widely accepted by farmers for its growth, reduced water requirements, better tolerance to diseases, attractive grain colour, increased yields and higher produce prices.

This Kharif, heavy rains during the peak sowing season and poor commodity prices have had an impact on farmer sentiments. However, despite varied environmental stress and low commodity prices, hybrid seeds have consistently delivered. The maize farmers in state who had opted hybrid seeds over other seed varieties have not only secured sufficient yields but are also expecting significant returns.

For past several years, Yuvraj Singh, the farmer from Madara village, Jalandhar district had been sowing hybrid seeds on his field. He said, "After taking cue from previous seasons, we had sown maize in our fields. But because of untimely rains in our region the yield is slightly impacted. However, as compared to other crops, maize hybrid seeds have withstood the adverse weather conditions. We are expecting to secure returns which is above the prevalent minimum support price."

Hybrid maize seeds like Dekalb® are popular amongst farmers in districts like Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Hoshiarpur, Nawanshahr, Ludhiana, Amritsar, Tarn Taran, Moga, Firozpur and some part of Patiala. They opt this cash crop over others as it has year-round demand in markets for its use as food and feed.

Dekalb® maize hybrid seeds have enabled farmers to get more from every acre of farmland by perfectly adjusting to state’s agro-climatic conditions. Like every year, this year too, during pre-season, Monsanto’s on-field farm experts had engaged with maize farmers and had informed them about best farm-management practices which had enabled them to make informed decisions about crops and techniques. These practices consist of knowledge about management of weeds, pests and environmental stresses.

AS Sandhu, Regional Manager, Monsanto said, "Farming is crucial for Punjab, as the state contributes significant share to India’s total food production. Quality hybrid seeds like Dekalb® help farmers get the maximum yield from their acre of land."

In north India, key maize growing states are Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Haryana and Jammu and Kashmir which together account for two-third of the total area and output of the crop. The outlook for the near and mid-term looks promising. Over the next five to ten years, India’s domestic demand for maize is expected to grow by 36 per cent and outstrip supply.

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