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AICRP on Sorghum
( AICRP - Sorghum )

Thrust Area

  • Enhance and diversify genetic base, catalogue, conserve and utilize enhanced and diversified germplasm in sorghum improvement.
  • Develop dual-purpose varieties for kharif and rabi seasons with increased productivity and resistance with maximum emphasis on biomass productivity and quality of stover.
  • Breaking yield plateau in kharif through development of high yielding hybrids with 4.5-5.0 t/ha of grain yield (on-farm), with enhanced degree of tolerance to grain molds and acceptable grain quality to meet the specific demands of user industries.
  • Increase productivity in rabi through development of hybrids with 2.5 – 3.0 t/ha grain yield under receding moisture condition, and 4.0 t/ha yield for irrigated rabi with grain and stover quality and shoot fly resistance level better than that of M 35-1,
  • Development of forage sorghum hybrids and varieties with emphasis on multi-cut types with enhanced level of leaf diseases resistance and greater fodder quality.
  • Development of diverse cytoplasmic male-steriles and R-lines resistant to grain molds, shoot fly and other required abiotic stresses in bold grain background.
  • Improvement of profitability in kharif sorghum through enhancing levels of grain mold resistance and developing and promoting alternate uses for starch, syrup, alcohol, feed grain, etc.
  • Improving water- and nutrient-use efficiencies in rainfed and irrigated rabi production systems.
  • Development of profitable intercropping and sequence-cropping systems to render sorghum production more profitable compared to crops replacing sorghum.
  • Identifying/evolving elite and stable sources of resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses for use in breeding programmes
  • Development of cost-effective integrated pest, disease and nutrient management strategies
  • Breeder seed production with desired genetic purity
  • Conduct front-line demonstrations and promote linkages with extension agencies and user industries, and promote farmer-participatory selection at selected target regions.
  • Development of national database on sorghum research efforts, and promote technology exchange.