2 days training programme on HYV maize starts

2 days training programme on HYV maize starts

CHANDEL, Feb 5: ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Manipur Centre, Imphal and KVK Chandel kisckstarted a two day ‘Training cum input injection programme on promoting improved technology of maize production in NEH Region’ at Monsangpantha Village, Chandel district.
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 will continue till Feb 6.
The inauguration today was graced by the Senior Scientist and Head, KVK Chandel; Principal Investigator of the project Dr MA Ansari, Scientist, Agronomy, ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Manipur Centre, Imphal and Er L Kanta Singh, ACTO, KVK Imphal West.
Dr KL Levis Chongloi, ACTO, KVK Chandel delivered the key note address.
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, soil management.
During the programme the ICAR, Manipur centre distributed quality seeds of maize (HQPM 1 and 5) for 35 hill areas. More than 50 farmers attended the training programme.

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