RMRSPC, Begusarai

Regional Maize Research and Seed Production Centre Kushmahaut, Begusarai Dr. S. B. SINGH
Incharge
Regional Maize Research and Seed Production Centre
ICAR-Indian Institute of Maize Research,
Vishnupur, Begusarai - 851129 (Bihar), India
ICAR-Indian Institute of Maize Research
Telefax(O): 06243 225254
E-mail: sb[dot]singh[at]icar[dot]gov[dot]in


INFRASTRUCTURE

The Regional Maize Research and Seed Production Centre Kushmahaut, Begusarai was established on 4th May 1997. It is situated 16 km towards North from District Head Quarter at village Kushmahaut. It is approximately 9 km from lakho village on National Highway-31. The centre is well connected with road, nearest major railway station is Begusarai (BGS) followed by Barauni (BJU). Patna is the nearest Air Port nearly 150km away. The centre has total 97.3 acre of land including 83 acre under research and seed production. The centre also has good infrastructure facilities like spacious office campus with labs, tube wells for irrigation, residential quarter for technical and supporting staff at farm, three tractors, necessary machinery and equipments, Implement sheds and green parks. The climatic conditions at the centre are medium winter, hot and humid summer and normal rainy season which provides suitable environment for maize cultivation in all three seasons.
A guest house and residential complex for scientific and technical staff of Regional Maize Research and Seed Production Centre was established on 30 December 2004 in 3 acre land at Vishnupur in Begusarai City. This campus has 16 residential quarters, green parks, small play ground secured with boundary wall.


MAJOR ACTIVITIES

Research

At this centre research is going on for the development of maize hybrids for eastern India. Keeping in view higher productivity of inbreds and hybrids during rabi season most of maize breeding research work  of IIMR like  generation advancement, evaluation, seed multiplication of inbred lines and selected cross combinations being undertaken  at this centre. During kharif season research is mainly focused on evaluation of hybrid combination under normal and waterlogging environment and generation advancement of inbred lines/segregating lines. Maize trials of CIMMYT project “Climate resilient maize for Asia” are also being evaluated during Rabi (normal environment) and Kharif season (under waterlogging environment).

Seed Production

Breeder seed of maize parental lines of QPM hybrid HQPM-1 and non-QPM Hybrid DHM-117 also being taken up during Rabi season as per requirement. In addition to maize, F/S seed production of wheat is taking up in the fields left for isolation of maize seed production, to meet the local seed requirement and generate revenue. Similarly during Kharif season Soybean seed F/S is being produced for enriching soil by crop rotation, meeting local seed requirement, maintaining isolation distance for kharif maize seed production.

Extension activities

The centre is engaged in extending and makes available various maize technologies to farmers through Front Line Demonstrations at farmer’s field, by participation in Kisan Melas, stall exhibitions, distribution of maize literature, leaflets, pamphlets etc. Training programmes for officers/ officials of state agriculture departments and farmers are also conducted time to time on various aspects like scientific maize cultivation, hybrid seed production, value addition in maize etc. Trainings were also conducted specially for tribal farmers. Field days, field visits and farmer-scientist interaction programmes were also organized at the centre.