The most important constraint to high maize yield is the lack of quality of hybrid seed. Currently, about 20% of the maize area in the country is planted to imparted hybrid seeds. Because the indigenous hybrids are produced locally, these are much cheaper than the exotic commercial hybrids. Thus, Hybrid cultivation will ensure a breakthrough in maize production with sustainable food and feed availability in the country.
The NARC scientists have developed the following maize hybrids:
Hussain M., S. R. Chughtai, H. I. Javed, H. N. Malik and A. Saleem. (2006) Suitability of indigenous maize hybrids for spring planting in Pakistan. Asian Journal of Plant Science. 5: 296-299.
Hussain M, S. R. Chughtai, H. I. Javed, H. N. Malik and M. H. M. Munawwar. (2006). Performance of locally constituted quality protein maize hybrids-A fortune for food and feed industry in Pakistan. Asian Journal of Plant Science. 5: 385-389.