SASRI’s Varieties lead you to profitable production!

Since replanting is an expensive exercise that will generate returns over the next decade, it is important to choose varieties wisely.

SASRI produces high-yielding, pest and disease resistant sugarcane varieties to suit a wide range of bioclimatic conditions and cutting cycles. These varieties are pivotal for successful sugarcane enterprises within South Africa, and throughout Africa.

Our breeding programme owes its success to well-qualified experienced research and support staff, working in modern, well-equipped facilities and research farms.

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Current Varieties

SASRI produces an information sheet for every variety released to the industry. These sheets contain useful information about yield, quality, reaction to pests and diseases and a range of other agronomic characteristics. There are also pictures and details of appearance to assist with the identification of each variety.

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In terms of the Sugar Industry, the South African Sugar Association publishes an annual update to the Government Gazette detailing which varieties of sugarcane may be grown in each of the predefined control areas within the industry.

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Varieties for Africa

Many sugarcane producers in SADC and other African countries currently utilise varieties that were bred by SASRI primarily for the more temperate conditions of the South African industry. These have been found to perform particularly well in Africa. Depending on the country and the estate in question, SA varieties constitute anything from 50 to 100% of the varieties grown. These countries have entered into formal variety agreements with SASRI.

Quarantine Service

The government department responsible for plant quarantine has delegated the responsibility for the technical management of sugarcane to SASRI pathologists. SASRI operates a world-class quarantine facility which uses modern molecular techniques for detecting important sugarcane pathogens.

The facility is used for importing and exporting seedcane material used in local and international sugarcane breeding programmes. The movement of sugarcane between countries carries a risk of introducing potentially serious diseases and therefore requires stringent quarantine procedures.

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