Brazil offers helping hand in ethanol production
Animal livestock industry should not fear the emphasis
on ethanol as a new energy source.
This claim was made by the Brazilian former agricultural minister
Roberto Rodrigues on Wednesday, calling the feed vs fuel discussion 'a false
Speaking for over 300 attendants at the
4th Agri Vision conference, organised by animal feed company Nutreco
in Noordwijk-aan-Zee, the Netherlands, Rodrigues explained about his country's
possibilities to grow sugarcane for ethanol
In his view, Brazil still has a lot of
acreage to offer when it comes down to future sugarcane production. He suggested
to use some of the pasture fields for future sugarcane growing, by rotation of
culture as sugarcane is a semi-permanent crop.
"We can grow 230
billion litres of ethanol, that is about 10% of the consumption of gasoline,
without any problem for food availability."
Fiercely he reacted to sounds from those who feared the Amazon
rain forest would suffer from these initiatives.
"A stupidity," he
called it, adding that "there is simply no sugarcane in the Amazon region
because of the rain. Even if we had wanted to grow sugarcane or any other crop
over there, it is not possible."
Sugarcane, grown in tropical
regions, is a much more efficient crop for ethanol production than
â€¢ Agri Vision
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