A private seed company of Andhra Pradesh (AP) will produce and market seeds of two maize hybrids of Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University (CCSHAU).
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) to this effect was signed between the university and the seed company on Wednesday.
Under the agreement, the university has granted a non-exclusive licence to Kurnool (Andhra Pradesh) based company, Sampoorna seeds for production and marketing of seeds of two hybrids of maize - HQPM-1 and HQPM-5 - developed by the university.
SS Siwach, director of research, on behalf of the university and Y Ramesh on behalf of Sampoorna seeds signed the MoU.
This is the second agreement signed recently by the university with a private seed company. Earlier, on August 7, the university had granted similar rights to another seed company, Bioseed Research India for one of the above two maize hybrids, HQPM-1.
Siwach said both the maize hybrids were suitable for cultivation in all parts of the country. The average yield of HQPM-1 and HQPM-5 was 55 quital per hectare and 58 quital per hectare in kharif, respectively. Besides, these hybrids were resistant to leaf blight and common rust diseases and chilo partellus insect.
Ram Singh, director of human resource management, said that this was the 17th MoU for maize hybrids developed by the university, of which 11 MoUs had been signed for HQPM-1 and HQPM-5 hybrids alone.
HP Yadav, head, department of genetics and plant breeding, and SK Sethi, principal investigator, business planning and development unit, were present on the occasion.