The mountainous Himalayan country is facing a reduction in the production of cereals, and an increase in productivity within the limited arable area is needed.
CIMMYT and its partners provide training on hybrid maize seeds to value chain actors from South Asia.
Assessment of floods in Nepal in October of 2021, which affected seed availability, give clues about actions to mitigate the impact of similar climate shocks on smallholder farmers.
New maize varieties to bolster seed sector and enhance farm productivity.
Digital seed information system will connect farmers to information and seed suppliers.
Briquetted urea and polymer-coated urea more efficient as maize fertilizers than regular urea, researchers in Nepal find.
Lack of availability of start-up working capital, business incentives in the sector, new technologies and required technical expertise limit the current seed value chain in Nepal.
Last year’s maize-growing season in Pakistan yielded a record-breaking six-million tons, decreasing the country’s dependence on imported maize seed and boosting local sales and exports of maize-based products.