ADVANTA TROPICAL CORN

Maize or Corn (Zea Mays) is a versatile cereal crop, grown in about 100 countries in tropical, sub-tropical and temperate regions of the world. Since 1960, global production has had trouble keeping up with demand. Global maize production stands at 791.285 MT from an area of 147.562 million ha. USA, Brazil, China and Mexico account for 70% of the production.

As the world's population grows, as demographics and food habits change we find ourselves in greater need for corn grain to satisfy the demand. It is projected that there will be an increase in global maize demand. In order to satisfy the growing demand seed supplying companies have been quick to introduce technologies to help the farming communities increase productivity and also to add value to their business. Global cereal demand in 2020 is estimated at 2.1 billion MT and will, for the first time, show a major shift in favour of maize. Demand for Maize is estimated at 852 million MT compared with 760 million MT for wheat and 503 million MT for rice. The greatest areas of growth will be in developing nations which are also mainly tropical maize producing nations. Industrial nations of the world such as the USA and the EU are projected to show the least areas of growth. Corn crops are advancing from low-tech commodities to high-tech, high-value, and high-demand products. Through science, technology and education seed companies are helping growers increase productivity in corn.

ADVANTA CORN BUSINESS

Today Advanta's space within the global corn industry is in the tropical sector. Advanta has what is considered to be "Elite" germplasm that out performs the competition in many of the markets . With a relatively small R and D budget and number of breeding personnel compared to the large corn companies, Advanta has been able to hold good market share in certain markets. We have our tropical Corn Breeding Programs in Thailand and Brazil and the temperate Corn breeding program in Argentina.

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