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Sweet Sorghum Syrup R&D in India
Sweet sorghum (SS) is one of the varieties of sorghum having stalks with high sugar content and is grown primarily for forage, silage and syrup production. SS syrup is a high antioxidant food material produced by concentrating its sugary juice. SS has been mostly used in India for ethanol production, but demand for its syrup is growing. This article discusses R&D on SS syrup in India and highlights the challenges that need to be overcome to meet the growing demand. The challenges in improving crop productivity and syrup processing are also outlined. A simple economic analysis of small-scale SS syrup plant shows that producing syrup is economical both for farmers and syrup-producing units.
Ethanol, Fodder, Sweet Sorghum, Syrup Production.
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