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New CIMMYT maize hybrid available from South Asian Tropical Breeding Program

CIMMYT is offering a new improved maize hybrid to partners, to scale up production for farmers in the region.

How does CIMMYT’s improved maize get to the farmer?
How does CIMMYT’s improved maize get to the farmer?

CIMMYT is happy to announce a new, improved tropical maize hybrid that is now available for uptake by public and private sector partners, especially those interested in marketing or disseminating hybrid maize seed across rainfed tropics of South Asia and similar agro-ecologies. NARS and seed companies are hereby invited to apply for licenses to pursue national release and /or scale-up seed production and deliver these maize hybrids to farming communities.

Product Code CIM19SADT-01
Target agroecology Tropical, rainfed lowlands of South Asia
Key traits Medium maturing, single-cross hybrid; yellow, semi-dent kernels; high yielding; drought-tolerant; and resistant to TLB, FSR, and BLSB
Performance data Download the CIMMYT Asia Regional On-Station (Stage 4) and On-Farm (Stage 5) Trials: Results of the 2019 to 2021 Seasons and Product Announcement from Dataverse.
How to apply Visit CIMMYT’s maize product allocation page for details
Application deadline The deadline to submit applications to be considered during the first round of allocations is 26 Aug 2022. Applications received after that deadline will be considered during subsequent rounds of product allocations.


The newly available CIMMYT maize hybrid, CIM19SADT-01, was identified through rigorous trialing and a stage-gate advancement process which started in 2019 and culminated in the 2020 and 2021 South Asia Regional On-Farm Trials for our South Asian Drought Tolerance (SADT) and Drought + Waterlogging Tolerance (SAWLDT) maize breeding pipelines. The product was found to meet the stringent performance criteria for CIMMYT’s SADT pipeline. While there is variation between different products coming from the same pipeline, the SADT pipeline is designed around the product concept described below:

Product Profile Basic traits Nice-to-have / Emerging traits Target agroecologies
SADT (South Asian Drought Tolerance) Medium maturing, yellow, high yielding, drought tolerant, and resistant to TLB and FSR FER, BLSB, FAW Semi-arid, rainfed, lowland tropics of South Asia, and similar agroecologies
FER: Fusarium Ear Rot; BLSB: Banded Leaf and Sheath Blight; FAW: Fall Armyworm; TLB: Turcicum Leaf Blight; FSR: Fusarium Stalk Rot


Applications must be accompanied by a proposed commercialization plan for each product being requested. Applications may be submitted online via the CIMMYT Maize Licensing Portal and will be reviewed in accordance with CIMMYT’s Principles and Procedures for Acquisition and use of CIMMYT maize hybrids and OPVs for commercialization. Specific questions or issues faced with regard to the application process may be addressed to GMP-CIMMYT@cgiar.org with attention to Nicholas Davis, Program Manager, Global Maize Program, CIMMYT.