Rabi (post rainy season) sorghum is grown over 6 m ha in India primarily for food and fodder, but it has low productivity. This means that farmers are growing inferior cultivars for which inputs are also lower than in the best genetic material was grown. The choice of varieties for farmers is limited to a few local cultivars because released varieties do not meet farmer criteria.
Participatory varietal selection (PVS) provides an opportunity for farmers to select one or more varieties from a basket of recently developed genotypes from plant breeding programs.
National Research Centre for Sorghum, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad, India, 64 pp.
Farmers Participatory Varietal Selection in Rabi Sorghum. Final Technical Report (1999-2002).