Changes in priorities maize research in bangladesh and relation to CIMMYT regional activities - Mexico, DF (Mexico) CIMMYT : 2004 - p. 545-553 - Printed
Maize in Bangladesh is becoming an important crop in the rice based cropping system. With the increase in demand from poultry and other feed industries it is expected that more area will be diverted from Boro rice to hybrid maize in the coming years. The paper discusses the priorities of maize research in Bangladesh and its relation with CIMMYT. Maize production in the country is increasing with an exponential rate and it is expected to reach 5.57 lakh tons by 2005. The country is importing a huge amount of maize grain to meet the poultry feed demand. Therefore, increasing maize production is a serious concern of the government. Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI) initiated its maize improvement program in early eightees with a view to develop high yielding varieties of maize. So far BARI released 8 open-pollinated varieties and 3 hybrids. Yield productivity of the released OPVs and hybrids ranges from 5.5 to 7.0 tons/ha and 7.4 to 9.5 tons/ha, respectively. CIMMYT concentrated their efforts for maize promotional activities through training, technical assistance and providing inbreds and hybrids.