A single pass zero till planter (the Versatile Maize Planter, or VMP) developed originally for wheat, was successfully modified for use in the maize crop. Tests have been carried out in both dry and wet season maize in farmer fields. Some fine tuning is still being made to improve the precision of maize seed placement by the planter. VMP will permit the adoption by farmers of conservation agriculture practices that will increase soil organic matter and water-holding capacity in drought-prone areas.
Project: Abiotic stress tolerant maize for increasing income and food security among the poor in eastern India and Bangladesh