All India Coordinated Maize Improvement Project (AICMIP)

firefoxIn India, a systematic programme for maize research was started in 1957, with commencement of All India Coordinated Research Project (AICRP) on Maize by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). It was the first in a series of by the ICAR. The Project released >360 cultivars having different genetic makeup including double cross hybrids, synthetics, composites and recently highly productive single cross hybrids for various regions and end-uses. The major mandate of the AICRP centres is to develop region specific hybrids and production technologies. The main objective of the project is to conduct and coordinate multidisciplinary and multi-location research to identify appropriate technologies for varied agro-climatic conditions in different parts of India. The project also becomes mainstream for dissemination of technologies to the farmers field through FLDs and other activities in the respective states. Today, AICRP-Maize is a unique network of 34 centres spread across 23 states of the country. This network also served farmers since its inception and as an impact of its productivity enhancement by 1800 kg/ha during T.E. 2016 compared to T.E. 1959. Not only yield but also the area increased by 5 million ha and production by 20 million tonnes during this period.

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