Embrapa Maize and Sorghum will test its sweet sorghum for ethanol production on an industrial scale. To do so, it is establishing partnership with major groups of ten distilleries installed in different parts of Brazil.
The sorghum is a promising option as a feedstock for ethanol during the off season for sugarcane. The sweet sorghum is able to supply ethanol plants in the period that would normally stop, March-April, avoiding the big drop in ethanol production.
The demand for sorghum has grown and next year the breeding program at Embrapa Maize and Sorghum will launch three new cultivars of sorghum.