Maize Farmer Maize Planter

Maize Cultivator

Minimum ? No entry barrier, preferably 5th standard pass

Certified training for Maize Cultivator (programme aligned to AGR/Q0103 released by Agriculture Skill Council of India)

Prior experience in food crop cultivation for one season

The tasks a Maize Cultivator is expected to perform include:

Obtaining appropriate equipment and tools

Procuring seed material

Preparing the farm for cultivation

Cultivating the maize crop

Harvesting the produce

Marketing and selling the farm produce

Knowledge of preparing seed for maize cultivation

Proficient in preparing the land for cultivation

Familiar with micro and macro nutrient management

Knowledge of curbing weed in the farm

Familiar with integrated insect, pest and disease management for the maize crop

Familiar with irrigation management

Familiar with harvest and post harvest management

Skilled in basic farm management Equipped to assimilate market information

Hands-on training

Extension training and Krishi Vigyan Kendra training

Manual dexterity

Physically fit

Ability to work independently

Hardworking and persistent


Self-directed learner


Ability to negotiate

It is a field job.

May need to handle a team of field workers

Local travelling is not a part of this job role

Part-time work and contractual jobs maybe available in some farms

Work from option is not available

Working hours

Flexible working hours

Overtime is common during the harvesting season.

Being self-employed is also an option. In this case, the working hours and days will be flexible.

Shift system may be applicable as per the farm norms

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?No

This job is not listed as hazardous or dangerous under The Factories Act, 1948 (section 87)

One may develop occupational hazards due to pesticides, fertilizers and other chemicals, extreme weather conditions, considerable amounts of dust and equipment noise, etc.

For daily wage workers -INR175 toINR200 per day

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Overview of Maize Farming in India

Maize is grown throughout the year in India. It is predominantly a kharif crop with 85% of the area under cultivation in the season. Maize is the third most important cereal crop in India after rice and wheat. It accounts for 9% of the total food grain production in the country. Maize production in India has grown at a CAGR of 5.5% over the last ten years from 14 MnMT.

Productivityofmaize(yield)hasincreasedataCAGRof2.9%from1.9MT/hectarein2004-05to2.5MT/hectarein2013-14.IntroductionofSingleCrossHybrid(SCH)seedscoupledwithadequaterainfallin2007-08contributedto20%increaseinyield.These factors indicate good job growth for Maize Cultivator across India.


Farm owners Agriculture co-operative organization

Cities and towns across India

Will be updated

Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVK) across the country

State Agricultural Management and Extension Training Institute (SAMETI), of different Agricultural Universities in India

Indian Institute of Maize Research (IIMR), New Delhi,