Biotech Updates

CIMMYT Announces New Maize Hybrids from South Asia Breeding Program

April 26, 2023

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) announced new tropical maize hybrids which are now available to interested public and private sector partners in South Asia and similar agro-ecologies in other regions.

The new maize varieties (CAH201, CAH202, CAH203, CAH204, and CAH205) are all high yielding and drought tolerant. Some of them are waterlogging tolerant and resistant to diseases such as Turcicum leaf blight, Fusarium stalk rot, and Macrophomina stalk rot.

The license invitation is open to National Agricultural Research and Extension Systems (NARES) and seed companies who are interested to pursue national release, scale-up seed production, and delivery of the maize hybrids to farming communities. The deadline for the first round of allocations is on May 5, 2023.

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