Sorghum ID to boost EU sorghum development

25-10-2017 | |
Sorghum ID to boost EU sorghum development. Photo: Henk Riswick
Sorghum ID to boost EU sorghum development. Photo: Henk Riswick

The Constitutive Assembly of the European inter-branch association for sorghum launched ‘Sorghum ID’ at a stakeholders meeting in Brussels, last September.

Sorghum ID is a new organisation that brings together various European sorghum stakeholders, from seed breeding to production and manufacturing. The newly created inter-branch organisation aims to develop European sorghum production (grain – silage – energy) and its hybrid genetics through a clear action plan. “Sorghum has many assets and real potential. Our ambition is to bring together European actors to develop European production of sorghum and its hybrid genetics, as well as give long-term momentum to this development, so that users and processors can benefit from a sustainable and significant push,” stated Luc Esprit, Sorghum ID Delegate, after the Brussels meeting.

Sorghum ID is the third step of a process initiated in 2016 by professional and economic stakeholders, beginning with the organisation of the First Europe Sorghum Congress in November 2016 in Bucharest, Romania, followed by the implementation since spring 2017 of 3-year promotion programmes for sorghum in various European countries, co-funded by the European Commission.

Sorghum ID has set up its own Executive Board to represent the European stakeholders involved in this sector that is still being consolidated. The Board, during its upcoming first meeting will elect a Bureau and a President for the new association.

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Emmy Koeleman Freelance editor