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Posted at: Oct 11, 2018, 1:45 AM; last updated: Oct 11, 2018, 1:45 AM (IST)

Three-day conference on maize ends

Ludhiana, October 10

The three-day 13th Asian Maize conference concluded here on Wednesday. Deliberations on the present status, challenges and future opportunities for enhancing production of maize to meet the demand for food, nutrition and environmental security in Asia were held during the conference. 

It was jointly organised by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT), ICAR-Indian Institute of Maize Research (ICAR-IIMR), Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), CGIAR Research Programme on Maize (MAIZE), and Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA).

Technical sessions and panel discussions covered various topics such as novel tools and strategies for increasing genetic gains, specialty maize, processing and value addition and nutritionally enriched maize for Asia. 

Participants got a chance to hear Indian farmers Kanwal Singh Chauhan and Yugandar Y, who have turned specialty maize varieties such as baby corn, sweet corn and pop corn into life-changing economic opportunities for their communities. — TNS

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