As climate change and drought threaten the viability of small farms, the need for diverse, climate-adapted seeds is ever more important.
Currently, Latin American small farmers face a number of challenges: climate-induced droughts can cause a whole field to die. On top of that, small farmers are often forced from their lands, at the hands of larger agribusinesses. Small farmers who work with the land and farm in an ecologically sustainable way are the future of Latin America. That’s why at Advanta Seeds we work closely with small farmers to ensure that they can continue to prosper on their land with the right seeds to ensure financial security for their family and community.
In Peru, farmers are reaping the benefits of seed technology half-way around the world. Thailand is home to the Advanta Seeds Center of Excellence for Tropical and Sub-tropical field Corn and a brand-new Corn Seed Sizer and Treater Processing Plant. The new plant is capable of sorting corn seed in fourteen (14) different shapes and sizes so farmers can find the perfect seeds suited to their fields and agriculture machines. Uneven seeds and they tend to get block or pass more than the intended seeds in the farmers planting machines. This is a common problem amongst small farmers globally.
Corn as a key crop in Latin America’s sustainable future and hybrid corn seeds are gaining traction. Hybridization technology helps to improve the grain qualities, reduce the incidence of pests, and increase the overall crop productivity drought-tolerant seeds so that farmers can survive fluctuations in the climate. By using these hybrid corn varieties farmers do not need to use as many pesticides. In the long run, this protects the earth. It protects their farms. It gives farmers more freedom and control over their seeds. Ultimately, Advanta Seeds helps farmers control their future.