To enhance productivity and sustainability of maize cultivation in India though research and development.
Research activities are divided into four major Mega Programmes (MP), each having various inter-discipline research Sub Programmes.
MP 1: Increased productivity, better quality and stress tolerance through genetic improvement.
Sub Prog.1: Broadening genetic base of heterotic groups.
Sub Prog.2: Genetic enhancement for specialty corn (sweet corn, baby corn, popcorn, high amylase/ amylopectin) and fodder maize.
Sub Prog.3: Bio-fortification for improved food quality (Protein and Minerals/Vitamins)
Sub Prog.4: Genetic improvement for biotic and abiotic stress toleranceSub Prog.5: Deployment of modern tools to increase breeding efficiency.
MP 2: Enhanced production, productivity and profitability of maize cultivation.
Sub Prog.1: Development of high yielding, profitable and ecologically sustainable maize-based farming systems
Sub Prog.2: Foster precision input management for higher productivity, profitability and environmental sustainability
Sub Prog.3: Popularization of resource conservation technologies in maize cropping systems
Sub Prog.4: Development of maize value chain through value addition and market linkages
MP 3: Accelerated seed replacement
Sub Prog.1: Identification of seed production sites and seed technological interventions for enhanced sees production.
Sub Prog.2: Upscaling public bred single cross hybrids seed production through PPP mode
MP 4: Technology outreach and networking
Sub Prog. 1: Technology dissemination through FLDs, training, etc.
Sub Prog. 2: Build new robust partnerships for science, product development and stewardship.