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PAC 740 Orange maize hybrid

High yielding orange maize hybrid, medium maturity with high field tolerance to drought

This technology is a cutting-edge maize variety designed for high yields of up to 10 metric tons per hectare. It provides robust field tolerance against maize leaf blight and is well-suited for drought-prone environments. In essence, it offers farmers an advanced and reliable solution for achieving productivity even in challenging conditions.

This technology is pre-validated.


Scaling readiness: idea maturity 9/9; level of use 9/9

Cost: $$$ 127 USD/ha

Average cost of seeds for a farmer

30 %

Estimated ROI

540 USD/ha

Total input costs

2000 USD/ha

Estimated average gross income


Open source / open access


  • Low Yields: Farmers face persistent challenges related to low yields, directly impacting their productivity and food security.
  • Moisture Stress Constraints: In regions prone to water stress, water scarcity poses a major obstacle to crop growth, limiting the viability of agricultural practices.
  • Need for a Dual-Purpose Maize Option: Farmers have a growing need for versatile maize varieties that can be used both for grain production and as a source of fodder for livestock.
  • Foliar Diseases, Especially Blight: Targets the problem of foliar diseases, particularly blight, which can significantly impact crop health and yield.
  • Low Returns on Investment: Aims to tackle the challenge of low returns on investment by offering a seed variety with double yield potential compared to conventional varieties, thereby enhancing profitability for farmers.


  • Tolerance to Foliar Diseases, Especially Blight: This variety exhibits a robust tolerance to foliar diseases, particularly blight, ensuring a higher level of crop health and reducing the impact of diseases on overall yields.

  • Drought Tolerance: Developed with a focus on resilience, this maize variety demonstrates significant drought tolerance, allowing it to thrive in conditions of limited water availability and mitigate the adverse effects of moisture stress.

  • High Yields: The variety is designed to deliver high yields, enhancing overall productivity and providing farmers with a substantial increase in crop output compared to conventional varieties.

  • Dual-Purpose Potential: By serving as both a grain producer and a source of fodder, this hybrid seed offers a dual-purpose solution, catering to the diverse needs of farmers engaged in both crop cultivation and livestock management.

  • Double Yield Potential Compared to OPV: In comparison to Open Pollinated Varieties (OPVs), this hybrid seed presents a remarkable double yield potential. This means farmers can expect significantly higher returns on their investment, making it a financially attractive option.

Key points to design your business plan

For Seed multipliers :

Manufacturing PAC 740 Orange Maize technology reaps the benefits of expanding market reach, stimulating demand, and increasing revenue. It solidifies a reputation for innovation and sustainability, nurturing customer confidence and ensuring sustained growth.

To effectively multiply seeds, stocking up on Foundation or Registered Seed is essential, depending on your role in the seed development process. The technology multiplication process does not entail the purchase of a license.

Potential customers include wholesale distributors supplying retailers, development projects, government agencies, and NGOs. Cultivating robust partnerships with wholesale distributor networks is pivotal for business success.


For Users :

Utilizing this technology offers advantages such as enhanced crop yields, better disease resistance, climate resilience, cost-effectiveness, environmental benefits, and dual-purpose functionality. Overall, its adoption improves agricultural outcomes, reduces expenses, and fosters environmental sustainability.

The pricing structure entails an average cost of 127 USD per hectare for PAC 740 Orange Maize seeds. Additionally, consider delivery expenses from Kenya to the project site, along with potential import clearance and duties.

To assess profitability, estimate the returns generated through the utilization of the product.


Positive or neutral impact

Adults 18 and over
Positive high
The poor
Positive medium
Under 18
Positive medium
Positive high

Positive or neutral impact

Climate adaptability
It adapts really well
Adaptability for farmers
It helps a lot
It doesn't hurt them
Carbon footprint
It reduces emissions a lot
Soil quality
It doesn't harm the soil's health and fertility
Water usage
It uses a lot less water

Countries with a green colour
Tested & adopted
Countries with a bright green colour
Countries with a yellow colour
Egypt Equatorial Guinea Ethiopia Algeria Angola Benin Botswana Burundi Burkina Faso Democratic Republic of the Congo Djibouti Côte d’Ivoire Eritrea Gabon Gambia Ghana Guinea Guinea-Bissau Cameroon Kenya Libya Liberia Madagascar Mali Malawi Morocco Mauritania Mozambique Namibia Niger Nigeria Republic of the Congo Rwanda Zambia Senegal Sierra Leone Zimbabwe Somalia South Sudan Sudan South Africa Eswatini Tanzania Togo Tunisia Chad Uganda Western Sahara Central African Republic Lesotho
Countries where the technology has been tested and adopted
Country Tested Adopted
Benin Tested Not adopted
Cameroon Tested Not adopted
Côte d’Ivoire Tested Adopted
Ghana Tested Adopted
Nigeria Tested Not adopted
Sierra Leone Tested Adopted

This technology can be used in the colored agro-ecological zones. Any zones shown in white are not suitable for this technology.

Agro-ecological zones where this technology can be used
AEZ Subtropic - warm Subtropic - cool Tropic - warm Tropic - cool

Source: HarvestChoice/IFPRI 2009

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals that are applicable to this technology.

Sustainable Development Goal 2: zero hunger
Goal 2: zero hunger
Sustainable Development Goal 3: good health and well-being
Goal 3: good health and well-being
Sustainable Development Goal 13: climate action
Goal 13: climate action

  1. Soil Preparation: Ensure adequate soil preparation with proper drainage to optimize root development and nutrient absorption. Soil Type: Well-drained with clay content; Soil pH: 6.5 to 7.5.
  2. Planting Time: Plant seeds during the recommended period for your region to maximize growth and reduce exposure to adverse weather conditions.
  3. Planting Depth and Spacing: Optimal planting density is 62,000 to 65,000 plants per hectare, with spacing of 60 cm between rows and 25 cm between plants.
  4. Water Management: Implement efficient water management practices, including irrigation scheduling and conservation techniques, to mitigate moisture stress and promote growth.
  5. Fertilization: Apply 40:20:20 NPK (kg/ac) during planting, with additional basal and top dressing fertilization after 35-40 days.
  6. Weed Control: Use pre-emergence herbicides within two days after planting on moist soil. Employ post-emergence selective herbicides for maize and conduct hand weeding as needed.
  7. Disease and Pest Management: Regularly monitor crops for signs of diseases and pests, and apply appropriate control measures to minimize yield losses.
  8. Harvesting: Harvest maize at the optimal stage of maturity to maximize yield and quality. Ensure proper post-harvest handling to preserve grain quality.

Last updated on 30 April 2024