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Seeking information about maize breeding

Maqsood Qamar akrpog at glt.comsats.net.pk
Sat Mar 16 01:59:48 EST 2002

Forwarded from the Maize COOP:
Maqsood Qamar
Aga Khan Rural Support Programme
Regional Programme office Gilgit
Northern Areas Pakistan
92 (572) 52480, 52960, 52910
92(572)52779, 54175
akrpog at glt.comsats.net.pk    or  maqsood12 at hotmail.com
Aga Khan Rural Support Programme is non-income generating organiztion 
worrking with rural community to raise their living standard for last 
twenty years. Recently the organization has started a participatory 
programme for maize and wheat breeding. The programme area is located 
at the extreme north of Pakistan and borders with China, Indian 
Khashmir and Afghanistan.The area is a junction of Worlds highest 
mountainous ranges, Himalay, Hidokush and Karakuram. The growing 
season is very short and per capita land holdings are very low.There 
is no any agriculture research center for both applied and basic 
research.The maize cultivars which  released for planes of Pakistan, 
are introduce to the area through selection. Because of particular 
agroecological conditins (high altitude, dry temperate climate and 
short growing season) the cultivars released for planes could not 
perform well in area. That,s why the AKRSP took initiatives to 
develop improved maize and wheat cultivars with community.
- some literature about synthetic cultivar developments, composite 
crosses and other hyberdiaztion and section methods in maize breeding.
- germplasm  of maize with early maturity and high yielding potendtial

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