India’s maize cropping area increases, 2015-16 production at 21 million tonnes

India’s maize production over two cropping seasons in 2015-16 is estimated at 21.02 million tonnes despite two successive droughts thanks to an increase in the farming area, a government statement quoted the agriculture minister as saying.

Corncob 1Radha Mohan Singh told a maize summit that the area of under maize has increased 2.9 times, the productivity 4.8 times, and yield has been 14 times more after 1950.

He said 30 high-yielding hybrids and 10 mixed varieties of maize have been released in the last years.

The government was subsidising maize seeds through the National Food Security Mission and actively promoting maize farming in states such as Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, the minister said.

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