Seven new varieties of sugarcane by SRSHome

Acharya N.G Ranga Agricultural Universities (ANGRAU), Sugarcane Research Station (SRS) in the process of releasing seven new varieties of the crop. They are currently in adaptive trials on a 40- acre demonstration farm of the SRS.

Of the seven varieties being tested by both SRS and farmers, four will be of 10 month duration and the others 12 months. They are called ‘early’ and ‘mid-late’ varieties, which have been bred at Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)’s Sugarcane Breeding Institute at Coimbatore.

SRS Principal Scientist K. Jhansi told that six varieties were released in 14 years and the ones under trial would take about a year or two for release for commercial cultivation. All the upcoming new varieties have so far performed well in the conditions in which they are grown.

Ms. Jhansi said the varieties that SRS has so far developed had a good impact in Krishna-Godavari zone registering an average cane yield of 30 to 40 tonnes per acre and sugar recovery ranging from nine to 11 per cent.