The European Union provides momentum for the promotion of sorghum in Europe
At the initiative of the French inter-branch federation of maize and sorghum seeds producers (FNPSMS), two projects promoting sorghum and sorghum genetics in Europe were tabled in mid-2016 to the EU institutions, with the aim of receiving EU co-funding for promotion activities.
The European Commission decided, at the end of 2016, to reward the two projects with co-funding, providing even more momentum to the conclusions and action plan of the First European Sorghum Congress. Indeed, the two promotion programmes, each with a three-year budget, will enable the promotion of grain and silage sorghum as well as hybrid genetics:
- In 5 EU countries: France, Italy, Spain, Romania and Bulgaria
- In 2 Eastern European countries: Russia and Ukraine