Project Details

Value chain model for bio-ethanol production from sweet sorghum in rainfed areas through collective action and partnership

Duration: 01/Jun/2008 - 30/Jun/2012

Locations: India / Asia

Project contact: Reddy, Belum VS

Donor: National Agricultural Innovation Project (NAIP)-Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)-Government of India-India

This project evaluates economic and environmental viability, enabling policies and institutions for promoting cultivation of sweet sorghum for bioethanol production and its impact on environment, rural incomes, livelihoods and social capital development. The aim was to develop and establish pilot-scale Public Private People Partnership (PPPPs) value chain bioethanol enterprise models through the "Seed-to-Tank" approach encompassing sweet sorghum production, processing, value addition, marketing and environment protection. Farmers’ participatory multi-location testing of the improved biomass (stalks and grain) and juice yielding sweet sorghum cultivars under on-farm situations and development of production and seed systems was carried out in the targeted area. Apart from this, the plan was to fine-tunea package of practices for increased harvest window, along with mechanization and development of protocols for by-product utilization. Further, capacity building and skill development of all the stakeholders including rural communities in the enhanced sweet sorghum production and value chain for bio-ethanol production was also done.

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