By Franklin Alli
NIGERIA’s agri-business in the sorghum cultivation is now amongst world’s leading position at number two after the United States of America, USA, which is the number one world’s leading producer.
Vanguard inquiries showed that the world sorghum production is forecast at 59.34million metric tonnes in 2017/18. A breakdown of the data, obtained from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), showed that USA’s output is projected at 8.4m metric tonnes while Nigeria is following with 6.4m metric tonnes and Mexico in the third position with 6.0m metric tonnes.
According to the USDA data, Sorghum production was 63.08 million tonnes last year. This year’s output, at 59.34 million tonnes, represents a decrease of 3.74 million tonnes or a -5.93 per cent in Sorghum production around the globe.
NB, in its Sustainability Report tagged, ‘Enhancing the Sorghum Value Chain’, stated that its annual demand for Sorghum is approximately 100,000 metric tonnes per annum.
Sorghum is a local grain grown predominantly in the semi-arid, savannah and grassland areas of Northern Nigeria and other parts of the world.
It has been found to be a valuable ingredient next to malted barley used in the brewery industry.
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