1. To carry-out basic and applied research aimed at increasing production and productivity of maize in the country.
  2. To conduct and co-ordinate multidisciplinary and multicolour research to identify appropriate techniques for varied agro-ecology.
  3. Geoplan collection, evaluation , maintenance and its enhancement.
  4. To develop value added maize genotypes
  5. To conduct trainings, frontline donations and on-farm research.
  6. To serve as as resource centre for the research and infrastructure.
  7. To develop linkages with national, international and private sector for collaborative research and development.
  8. To act as a leader in formulating maize research policy.