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Six new CIMMYT maize hybrids available from South Asia Breeding Program

CIMMYT offers new, improved maize hybrid to partners, to scale up production for farmers in South Asia.


CIMMYT is happy to announce six new, improved tropical maize hybrids that are now available for uptake by public and private sector partners, especially those interested in marketing or disseminating hybrid maize seed across the tropical lowlands of South Asia and similar agroecologies in other regions. NARES and seed companies are hereby invited to apply for licenses to pursue national release, scale-up seed production, and deliver these maize hybrids to farming communities.

How does CIMMYT’s improved maize get to the farmer?
Product Profile Newly available CIMMYT hybrids Basic traits
South Asia Heat + Drought Tolerance (SAHDT) CAH219 Medium maturing, yellow, high yielding, drought and heat tolerant, to FER and TLB
South Asia Waterlogging + Drought Tolerance (SAWLDT) CAH214 Medium maturing, yellow, high yielding, drought + waterlogging tolerant, and resistant to FER, TLB and FSR
South Asia Drought Tolerance (SADT) CAH216 Medium maturing, yellow, high yielding, drought tolerant, and resistant to TLB and FER


Performance data Download the CIMMYT-Asia Maize Regional On-Station (Stage 4) and On-Farm (Stage 5) Trials: Results of the 2022-2023 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 18 June 2024. Applications received after that deadline will be considered during subsequent rounds of product allocations.


The newly available CIMMYT maize hybrids were identified through rigorous, years-long trialing and a stage-gate advancement process which culminated in the 2023 South Asia Regional On-Farm Trials. The products were found to meet the stringent performance and farmer acceptance criteria for CIMMYT’s breeding pipelines that are designed to generate products tailored in particular for smallholder farmers in stress-prone agroecologies of South Asia.

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.