Project Details

Commercialization of sweet sorghum as a complimentary feedstock for ethanol production in the sugar mills of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat

Duration: 31/Mar/2015 - 30/Mar/2018

Locations: Asia / India / Gujarat / Maharashtra / Tamil Nadu

Project contact: Dr A Ashok Kumar (

Donor: Government department -national- state or local,Department of Biotechnology- Government of India-India

CGIAR Research Program: Dryland Cereals

The objectives of this project are to: identify and characterize improved sweet sorghum cultivars adapted to early summer (January plantings) and early rainy (April/May plantings) season in traditional sugarcane growing areas of Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Gujarat; standardize agronomic practices in the proposed target areas; identify effective microbial strains, earthworm species and amendments for composting sweet sorghum bagasse and plant growth promoting (PGP) microbes for enhancing the final product, in order to make value-added compost; demonstrate the viability of large-scale cultivation and ethanol production in sugar mills of Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Gujarat; and enhance the capacity building of sugar mills staff, progressive farmers and other stakeholders on sweet sorghum cultivation and processing.

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