Survey data clearly reflected the impact of abiotic stress in terms of poor adoption of improved technologies and resulting low yield of Kharif (rainy season) maize, during which the average yields were 2.5 t/ha and 3.0 t/ha for Udaipur and Samastipur, respectively. However, the Rabi (Irrigated) maize yield of in the same areas was found to be three fold of that of Kharif (10.0 t/ha). Farmers have market access but are constrained from investing in productivity-increasing inputs in rainfed maize production because of low yields during the wet season, highlighting the need for improved germplasm for rainfed production.
Project: Abiotic stress tolerant maize for increasing income and food security
among the poor in eastern India and Bangladesh