Two days training programme on promoting the improved technology of maize production

The two days training programme from 05 – 06 February, 2018 on promoting the improved technology of maize production in NEH region was conducted at KVK Chandel. The programme was graced by Dr. Deepak Singh, senior scientist and head, Kvk Chandel, Dr. M. A. Ansari, scientist, ICAR Manipur center, Eric. Kanta Singh, ACTO, Imphal West and Dr. Khumlo Levish Chongloi, ACTO (Agronomy ).  The training programme organised by ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Manipur Centre, Lamphelpat, Imphal and Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Chandel under the sponsorship of ICAR- Indian Institute of Maize Research, PAU Campus, Ludhiana, Punjab. Addressing the gathering, the dignitaries at the event emphasized on the introduction of suitable high yielding varieties of maize in the hilly regions. Successful maize production in the North Eastern Himalayan Region depends on the correct choice of genotypes of maize and applications to sustain the environment as well as agricultural production since the region have complex climatic variability which is different from other parts of the country, said experts at the event. High yielding varieties (HYV) of maize are widely adopted in other parts of country, but in the NEHR, most of the farmers are growing low yielding local varieties. Maize grains are not only important for human consumption but is also an integral feed for poultry and other livestocks. Farmers in NEH region need to adopt pre kharif maize cropping system which will increase the production as compared to traditional mono-cropping system currently adopted by farmers, stated the experts. The team of scientists delivered lectures on cultivation practices- fertilizer management and soil management. The training was attended by 45 farmers from the surrounding villages of the District and the maize seed var. HQPM-1 was distributed to the farmers.

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