Sorghum ethanol production could reach 300 million liters in 2013

Aiming to encourage the cultivation of up to 100 000 hectares of sorghum starting in the 2012/2013 crop with the application of R$ 270 million, the Brazilian government launched a plan for financing the planting of sugarcane renewal areas, normally occupied by soybeans and peanuts, pointing sweet sorghum as an option for production. The forecast is for an additional supply of 300 million liters of biofuel from sorghum for next season.

The Secretary of Production and Agro-Energy, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply, Gerardo Fontelles, explains that it is strategic for the country that other potential sources of bioenergy generation are strengthened and encouraged. “This will help to reduce the volatility of supply and prices in the period following harvest of sugar cane.”

The sweet sorghum is a variety that has higher rates of sugar in the stalks and started to be tested as a feedstock for ethanol production in 2008, according to researchers at Embrapa Maize and Sorghum.

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