Some of the sorghum varieties accumulate much sugar in the stem like sugarcane. Exploiting this sugar is another target of our sorghum business.
One of the uses of sugar from sorghum is bioethanol production. Sugar-containing juice squeezed out from the stem can be converted into ethanol by fermentation.
Brazil is one of the most advanced countries in bioethanol production and consumption. In Brazil, it is obliged to mix 27% of bioethanol to gasoline from 2015. Bioethanol is produced mainly from sugarcane and consumed in large quantities.
We have signed an agreement for business development with a major ethanol manufacturing company in Brazil, and we will have trials to select optimal sorghum varieties for bioethanol production.