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Sweet Sorghum Syrup R&D in India


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1 Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute, Phaltan 415 523, 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.

Keywords

Ethanol, Fodder, Sweet Sorghum, Syrup Production.
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Anil K. Rajvanshi
Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute, Phaltan 415 523, India
Shivam Patange
Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute, Phaltan 415 523, India
Nandini Nimbkar
Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute, Phaltan 415 523, India

Abstract


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.

Keywords


Ethanol, Fodder, Sweet Sorghum, Syrup Production.



DOI: https://doi.org/10.18520/cs%2Fv119%2Fi12%2F1901-1909