Mexico input supplier-farmer deal on maize
The Mexican government is to invest Peso 16,500 million ($1,663 million) towards technologies for the production of maize. Agrochemical and other agricultural input suppliers and maize farmers signed a Ministry of Agriculture-brokered deal that aims to raise production to 30 million tonnes by 2012. The Mexican input supplier federation, Ceres, represented the supplies industry at the signing of the agreement. It is formed of pesticide, fertiliser, seed and farmer finance companies. The deal aims among other things to promote the adoption of “genetically improved materials”. Mexico has an 8 million ha maize area.