Three new farmer-preferred sorghum varieties released in Malawi
Three new improved sorghum varieties have been released in Malawi after extensive trials. Pilira 3, Pilira 4 and Pilira 5 have been released by the Agricultural Technology Clearing Committee (ATTC), under the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security in Malawi, in December 2018.
The sorghum varieties (Pilira 1 and Pilira 2) currently in the market in Malawi were released about two decades ago following collaboration between ICRISAT and the Department of Agricultural Research Services (DARS). As farmers diversify their production systems in the face of climate variability, to meet different domestic and market needs, plant breeding must deliver stable, locally adapted and highly productive varieties.