Demonstration and Promotion of Maize Based Technologies

Maize is the second most important staple cereal crop after rice in term of area and production in Nepal. It is cultivated in 875,000 hectares of land). Maize provides human food, poultry feed and stover as animal fodder. Mixed cropping maize with different legumes or vegetables is one of the oldest practices of Nepalese farmers. Mixed cropping helps farmers cope with the crop failures in response to different climatic adversities. A number of research outputs on intercropping of various cash crops like ginger, cowpea, soybean, tomato and a number of other legumes have been validated by different research stations in the country. There is a need to promote these validated research outputs for the benefit of maize farmers.

The "Demonstration and promotion of Maize Based Technologies in Western Mid-hill Districts of Nepal" project is implemented by LI-BIRD involving the individual farmers and communities to test the improved maize varieties through participatory variety selection and demonstrate and disseminate maize-based technologies like seed priming, detasseling, inter-cropping and farm yard manure improvement through technical backstopping from implementing organizations and the District Agriculture Development Offices. 

The project aims to demonstrate the better maize technology and improve adoption of these technologies. It is testing and scaling out new maize varieties, demonstrate the benefits through intercropping and other maize-based technologies and promote technologies that are beneficial to soil health.

Project Details
Countries: Nepal
Working districts: Bajhang, Gulmi, Syangja
Project Duration: 2011 - 2014
Partners: CIMMYT, Department of Agriculture, Hill Maize Research Programme, Nepal Agricultural Research Council
Funded by: CIMMYT, Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation
Contact Person: Kamal Khadka