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New highly productive sorghum varieties released 

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Resource ID

18507

Access

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Contributed by

B.Muralidhar

Topics

Policy & Institutions, Seed systems

Crops

Dryland cereals, Sorghum

Systems

Farming Systems, Cropping Systems, Livelihood Systems

Locations

Eastern and Southern Africa

Global Date

03/Jul/2020

Title

New highly productive sorghum varieties released

Keywords

Seed systems, Malawi, Agricultural value chain, Improved sorghum varieties, Pests and diseases, Pilira 3, 4 and 5, Agricultural Technology Clearing Committee, Food Security

Language

English

New ICRISAT Research Programs

Eastern & Southern Africa Program, Theme: Crop improvement and seed systems

Story Partners

The Department of Agricultural Research Services (DARS) and the Department of Agricultural Extension Services (DAES), both under the Ministry of Agriculture in Malawi ; The Legumes Development Trust; International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

Author/Key contact

Dr Patrick Okori

Story Source

ICRISAT Happenings 1861-3, 03 July 2020

Type

Science

URL/Link

https://www.icrisat.org/new-highly-productive-sorghum-varieties-released/

Description

Three improved sorghum varieties with a yield potential of approximately 4 tons per hectare and tolerant to grey leaf spot, rust and other common diseases were released in Malawi early this year. These new varieties replace two varieties released in 1993, and have since been the only improved sorghum varieties available in Malawi. ICRISAT Country Representative for Malawi, Dr Patrick Okori, said ICRISAT and government are keen to replace the old varieties because they no longer meet today’s production needs, leading to a significant decline in yield from three tons per hectare, at the time of release to an average of two tons per hectare.

Date (Date published/released/created if known)

03/Jul/2020

CGIAR Research Program

GLDC

SDG

01-No_Poverty, 02-Zero_Hunger, 03-Good_Health_and_Well_Being, 05-Gender_Equality, 08-Decent_Work_and_Economic_Growth, 09-Industry_Innovation_and_Infrastructure, 15-Life_On_Land, 17-Partnerships_For_The_Goals

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