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Farmers in northern Mexico renew CIMMYT partnership aimed at increasing national wheat production

April 5, 2013

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  • Under this agreement, CIMMYT will continue its research on 240 hectares of land owned by the Association for Agricultural Research and Experimentation of the State of Sonora (PIEAES, or Patronato), and Patronato is authorized to multiply for Sonoran farmers seed of the high-yielding wheat varieties developed by CIMMYT.
  • This alliance, which began 70 years ago, enabled farmers in the Yaqui and Mayo Valleys to harvest this past cycle an average of 7.2 tons per hectare, the second highest wheat yield in the world.
  • The partnership also allows researchers to contribute and benefit from the MasAgro program, which is jointly coordinated by CIMMYT and SAGARPA.

Ciudad Obregón, Sonora, 05 April 2013- To continue state-of-the-art breeding research aimed at bettering wheat productivity in Sonora, Mexico, the Association for Agricultural Research and Experimentation of the State of Sonora (PIEAES, or Patronato) and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) renewed a 70-year collaboration agreement.

This agreement allows CIMMYT to continue its wheat improvement research on 240 hectares of land owned by PIEAES, and authorizes Patronato to multiply for state farmers the seed of high-yielding wheat varieties developed by CIMMYT. It also includes training for PIEAES technicians and researchers, as well as financial and administrative support for research and development activities conducted by CIMMYT at the Norman E. Borlaug Research Center (CENEB).

This initiative is also supported by Mexico’s National Forestry, Agricultural, and Livestock Research Institute (INIFAP) which, in addition to conducting research at CENEB with CIMMYT and PIEAES, also releases the resulting improved wheat varieties in the Sonoran market.

“This research-supporting agreement is a farmer initiative that seeks to ensure the financial and professional viability of our farming activities, while safeguarding the long-term conservation of the environment,” said Antonio Gándara Astiazarán, PIEAES President. He also highlighted the results of four decades of successful collaboration between the two organizations, particularly the average wheat yield of 7.2 tons per hectare produced by Yaqui and Mayo Valley farmers in the 2011-2012 cycle.

Hans Braun, CIMMYT Global Wheat Program Director, highlighted that the average bread wheat yield recorded in the Yaqui Valley between 2008 and 2010 is the second highest in the world, surpassed only by the winter wheat yield in United Kingdom. As a result, Yaqui Valley farmers rank second among the world’s top 20 wheat producers.

Thomas Lumpkin, CIMMYT Director General, expressed CIMMYT’s gratitude for the support it has received from PIEAES farmers and congratulated them on having pioneered the establishment of public-private partnerships for agricultural development. He added that research carried out by this partnership also contributes to the Sustainable Modernization of Traditional Agriculture (MasAgro) program jointly coordinated by CIMMYT and SAGARPA, which works with wheat producers across the country.


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