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

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