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Improving post-rainy sorghum varieties to meet the growing grain and fodder demand in India

Project Code: CIM/2007/120
Program: Crops
Research Program Manager: Dr. Eric Huttner
Project Leader: Vincent Vadez - International Crops Research Institute for the Semi Arid Tropics
JUL 2008
JUN 2018
Project Status: Concluded
Key partners
Department of Employment
Economic Development and Innovation
Directorate of Sorghum Research
International Livestock Research Institute
University of Queensland


This project aimed to increase the yield and resilience of farmers' dry season sorghum crop.

In south-west India many farmers grow sorghum during the post-rainy (dry) season, either for subsistence on the grain, but also to sell grain for human consumption or stover residue for cattle feed in markets. Stover has become an important part of the sorghum value chain, and crop improvement now targets dual purpose types. Water limits grain and stover yield. Plants with the stay-green (SG) trait can use soil water later in the dry season. SG has improved sorghum yield under water limited conditions.

This project aimed to transfer the SG trait into locally adapted varieties favoured by farmers.