Good monsoon forecast raises hopes of strong corn crop season in Uttar Pradesh

6/22/2017

Lucknow/Kanpur, Thursday, June 22, 2017: Prospects of a good monsoon has revived hopes of a good corn produce amongst farmers in Uttar Pradesh. Currently, sowing of corn crop for the 2017-18 Kharif season is underway in several parts of Uttar Pradesh, especially the Eastern and Central belt.

Given the positive forecast of monsoon, farmers are expected to grow corn on a larger area. So far, they have already sown the seed in 30% of the area and the entire sowing process is expected to be completed by end of July.

Dinesh Pal Singh, farmer from Unnao district said, “Year 2013-14 and 2014-15 saw an uneven weather, it affected our farm yields and our income. However, ever since the use of new variety of Dekalb corn seeds, things have changed for us. These new Dekalb seeds are known to stand even in rough weather conditions. We are expecting to earn good profit post-harvest”. 

Currently, average market price of corn are in the range of Rs. 1200 – Rs. 1300 per quintal, whereas after harvesting, famers are expecting a price to be in a higher range of above 10%. 

Ganesh Dwivedi, farmer from Unnao district said, “Earlier we used to sow bajra, chakori and mentha in our farms. After realizing that corn has given a higher output and returns in neighbouring districts, majority of farmers in our village too have opted for corn.”

The major corn producing districts in Uttar Pradesh are Aligarh, Bulandshahr, Etah, Kasganj, Nainpur, Firozabad, Aliganj, Shikohabad, Farrukhabad, Kannauj, Unnao, Kanpur Dehat, Moradabad, Sambhal, Badaun, Hardoi, Bahraich, Gonda and Ballia. Corn is sowed twice in a year - in spring and kharif seasons - which covers nearly six lac hectares of land. The acreage is expected to increase in the next five years as more and more farmers are now adopting the high yielding DEKALB seeds.

Local farmers in Uttar Pradesh, who have previously used Dekalb hybrids are quite happy with the results.

While sharing his experiences of using Dekalb hybrid seeds, corn farmer and sarpanch of Kannauj district, Krishan Pratap Singh said, “Last season, Dekalb hybrid seeds had given a higher yield than most of the other hybrids available in the market. Our crop has excellent standing and low harvest moisture. This season, we invested Rs. 20,000 per hectare on corn seeds and are expecting an output of nearly 50 quintals per hectare. Considering the results of hybrid corn, we are expecting to earn a profit upwards of Rs. 40,000 from every hectare of land.”

As per the Ministry of Agriculture’s data, Kharif crop sowing has taken place in about 92.85 lakh hectares in India, 7% higher than the corresponding period (87.59 lakh hectares) last year.

Vinay Singh, Regional Business Manager, Monsanto said, “Farming is crucial for Uttar Pradesh, as the state contributes to nearly 20% of India’s total food production. Monsanto’s new Dekalb range of corn hybrids like Dekalb 9144, Dekalb 9164, Dekalb 8164 and Dekalb 8144 are developed to suit specific agronomic conditions prevalent here.” 

Incidentally, Dekalb 7074 is single largest preferred hybrid by farmers of UP due to its short duration (80-85 days), attractive desi looks (dark orange grain colour) and ability to yield under tough climatic conditions.

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. Our on-field farming experts continuously engage with farmers, instruct them on farming practices and advice on aspects like effective use of pneumatic planter, plant spacing and population.

Farmers in Uttar Pradesh also call on Monsanto’s toll-free number, Dr. Dekalb (180030000303) which is active from morning 7:00 am to 9:00 pm to get any assistance regarding farming and crop management.

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