Bihar’s farmers continue to gain from quality hybrid maize seeds

12/29/2017

Patna, Friday, December 29, 2017: Bihar’s maize farmers are full of hopes for a good maize harvest this Rabi season. Aided by favourable weather conditions and use of high-yielding hybrid seeds, sowing across the state continues in full-swing with over 70 percent of the crop area having been covered.

Major maize producing districts in Bihar include Purnea, Katihar, Araria, Kishanganj, Bhagalpur, Saharsa, Madhepura, Supaul, Khagaria, Begusarai, Muzaffarpur, Samastipur, Darbhanga, Hajipur, Bettiah and Motihari. Sown twice a year – in Kharif and Rabi seasons, the maize crop covers nearly 1.6 lakh acres of farmland in the state. Over the years, farmers too have reposed trust in quality hybrid seeds which has led to increased yields.

Vinod Choudhary, farmer from Damaili village says, "The years 2013-14 and 2014-15 saw unfavourable weather conditions which affected our farm and income. However, ever since we started using DEKALB® hybrid seeds, things have changed for the better. DEKALB® seeds are known to withstand even rough weather conditions. Thus, we are expecting to earn good profit post-harvest this year."

Incidentally, DEKALB® 9120 and DEKALB® 9165 are the most preferred hybrids for Bihar’s maize farmers. DEKALB® 9120 is preferred for its high yielding capacity, attractive desi looks (dark orange grain colour), whereas DEKALB® 9165 is preferred for its ability to yield even under tough climatic conditions.

Sharing his experiences of using DEKALB® hybrid seeds, maize farmer Sudhanshu Narayan Singh, Sarpanch of Nayanagar village says, "Last season, DEKALB® hybrid seeds had given us higher yields than most of the other hybrids available in the market. Our crop has excellent standing and low harvest moisture. This season, we invested Rs. 18,000 per acre on maize seeds and expecting an output of nearly 45 quintals per acre. Considering the results of hybrid maize, we are expecting to earn a profit upwards of Rs. 35,000 from every acre of land."

Ramanugrah Pandey, Regional Business Manager, Monsanto, adds, "Farming of maize is crucial for Bihar, as the state contributes to nearly 10% of India’s total maize production. Monsanto’s new DEKALB® range of maize hybrids like DEKALB® 9120, DEKALB® 9165 and DEKALB® 9081 have been developed to suit specific agronomic conditions prevalent here."

Monsanto’s field teams, 80% of who are from rural backgrounds, constantly engage with farmers to provide them with inputs on best crop management practices, which enables them to secure optimum yields. Their on-field farming experts continuously engage with farmers, instruct them on farming practices and advice on aspects like effective use of pneumatic planter, practical use of fertilizer deficiency, plant spacing and population.

To get any assistance regarding farming and crop management in Bihar, farmers can also use the services of Farm Rise – a mobile based application for understanding the crop situation of current season. Alternatively, farmers can call on Monsanto’s toll-free number, Dr. DEKALB® (180030000303) which is active from morning 7:00 am to 9:00 pm.

About DEKALB®:

Monsanto offers high yielding DEKALB® brand of hybrid maize, known for its breeding excellence and high productivity. DEKALB® is offered in 20 high-yielding maize hybrids, which are developed in India and tested extensively in partnerships with several State Agriculture Universities and other leading Agricultural Institutions.

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