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.
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.