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Call for further research to characterize nutritional value of sorghum

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Sorghum ID, a newly established professional platform for the promotion and development of Sorghum production and use in the EU, held its first board meeting on 18 January 2018 in Paris, reported FEFAC.

The meeting focused on the weaknesses and strengths of sorghum as an animal feed ingredient and its potential for development.

Arnaud Bouxin, deputy secretary general of the EU Feed Manufacturers’ Federation (FEFAC) told attendees that although sorghum has not been used to a significant degree in feed in Europe, its greater take-up in animal diets could help to address the challenges faced by the EU agriculture and livestock sectors. Some of the beneficial characteristics of the crop include the low incidence of mycotoxin contamination associated with it, its lower water and pesticide requirements, and its yield potential, he said.

Sorghum is said to offer a chemical composition similar to that of corn, but with a slightly higher protein level and energy value.

There was consensus at the meeting that sorghum had gained a negative image as a crop rich in tannins; however, the breeds cultivated today in Europe are almost tannin-free. The delegates agreed that there was a scope for further research in characterizing the nutritional value of sorghum.

The event saw Daniel Peyraube, president of the European Maize Producers Organization (CEPM), chosen as president of Sorghum ID.  

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