US sees growth potential of sorghum in Southeast Asia

December 7, 2018

The US Grains Council (USGC) expects over 100,000 metric tons of sorghum could be exported to Southeast Asia in 2019 as alternative to corn. Speaking during a seminar on corn, distiller’s dried grains with solubles and sorghum market overview in Bangkok, Manuel Sanchez, USGC Regional Director for Southern Asia, said Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines and Myanmar are major target markets, particularly for the swine industry. “Sorghum can be an alternative to corn, both in terms of price and nutrition,” he told Asian Agribiz. The US produced close to 10 mt of sorghum according to the council’s latest report. Of the total, up to 6 mt was consumed domestically.