US and China invest $62.5 million in South African sweet sorghum project

In South Africa, American and Chinese investors have announced a $62.5 million sweet sorghum project in the province of Limpopo. The project, which encompasses production for sugar and the alternative energy source of ethanol, covers both land and the plant which should be established from 15 000 ha within a feasible radius.

The United States’ Bio-Processing Innovation and the Beijing Singling Technology Centre said on Tuesday that they had discovered a market for sweet sorghum and related products in Asia.

The province of Limpopo represents  about 14% of the country’s sorghum production. Transferring technology to farmers in order to grow sweet sorghum is seen as a main priority by the government of South Africa.

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