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Sorghum Market By Type (Forage Sorghum, Biomass Sorghum, Grain Sorghum, Sweet Sorghum), By Application (Biofuel, Human Feed, Livestock Feed and Others) - Growth, Future Prospects and Competitive Analysis, 2017 - 2025

Sorghum, a cereal grain, belongs to the category of flowering plants in the grass family termed Poaceae. Sorghum grows tall, similar to corn, and is utilized for a wide range of applications, such as human feed, sweetening, and livestock feed. Most of the sorghum is used in human and livestock feed, and the remainder is transformed into ethanol. Since it is drought-resistant, sorghum is generally cultivated in drier areas, as it shows effective yields in regions with insufficient water. Specialized species are cultivated for human feed, while others are grown as fodder plants, which are either cultivated in hot climates or naturalized in pasture lands.

Sorghum converts solar energy to chemical energy efficiently and uses relatively less water when compared to other grain crops. Biofuel is prepared using biomass and sweet sorghum, which can be further converted into charcoal, syngas, and bio-oil. The crop is the fifth-largest cereal grain in the world. Sorghum cultivation is increasing rapidly since it is a versatile crop that can tolerate toxic soils, drought, and a broad range of altitudes and temperatures.

Sorghum is extensively used as an alternative sweetener in alcoholic beverages. Sorghum finds a wide range of uses in floral arrangements, fencing, pet food, building materials, and biofuel production. Sorghum is a cheaper alternative for a wide variety of food items, which is pushing sorghum producers to cultivate relatively healthier and more cost-effective yields, which involve the genetic engineering of crop seeds. Outpouring demand for sorghum and sorghum seeds, especially from biofuel production and livestock feed, is accelerating the overall growth of the market.

In addition, a rapid increase in demand from developing economies such as India, China, Indonesia, and other African countries, owing to speedy urbanization and an increase in consumer spending, further fuels market growth. An increase in the use of stems from sorghum plants for fencing purposes, as well as an increase in the use of sorghum stems in building and construction activities, are anticipated to bolster the growth of the global sorghum market. Increasing demand for sorghum for the preparation of artificial additives and sweeteners, coupled with cheaper costs in the cultivation of sorghum, is driving the overall growth of the global sorghum market.

However, an increase in the development of cheaper substitutes, as well as a shift in consumer preferences, are some of the major aspects projected to obstruct market growth in the foreseeable future. Also, increasing investments in research and development activities to cultivate more efficient yields are projected to present lucrative opportunities over the forecast period.

On the basis of type, grain sorghum accounts for a major share of the global sorghum market. The increasing demand for sorghum in human feed due to its cheap cost and ease of preparation is driving the overall demand for grain sorghum across the globe. Moreover, on account of rising per capita disposable incomes as well as increasing health consciousness among consumers, the demand for grain sorghum is anticipated to grow over the forecast period.

Asia Pacific is anticipated to be the dominant market owing to rising demand for sorghum from cattle and livestock feed applications. The market for sorghum in the Middle East and Africa is primarily driven by rising demand for biofuel and ethanol from industrial applications.

The global sorghum market can be categorized on the basis of type as follows:

  • Forage Sorghum
  • Biomass Sorghum
  • Grain Sorghum
  • Sweet Sorghum

The grain sorghum segment was dominant in the global sorghum market in 2016 and is anticipated to uphold its dominance over the forecast period from 2017 to 2025. This is due to the high demand for cheaper and more nutritious food products, especially among lower-middle-class population groups.

Moreover, increasing awareness among consumers about the health benefits of sorghum is, in turn, driving the demand for grain sorghum across the globe. In addition, sorghum offers several health benefits, such as a reduced risk of cancer, abundant dietary fiber, increased bone strength, and the prevention of anemia. Rising demand for sorghum-based beverages such as baijiu and increased usage of grain sorghum in developing Latin American countries such as Colombia and Peru due to its low price are some factors driving the demand for grain sorghum in the region. Forage sorghum is expected to account for the second-largest share owing to an increase in demand for nutritious cattle feed along with rising concerns related to toxicity in the grass and other fodder. Also, increasing demand from the beef and poultry industries is further anticipated to drive the overall growth of the forage sorghum segment.

Additionally, since sorghum is cheap and is easily cultivated even in adverse climatic conditions, forage sorghum is widely preferred for cattle and livestock feed in hotter regions such as the Middle East and Southern Africa. Rising developments of mixed-breed forage sorghum, as well as increasing demand for stems of forage sorghum for fencing and decoration purposes, are further anticipated to bolster market growth. Additionally, the high content of protein, fiber, and amino acids, as well as rising demand from the geriatric population, are accelerating the demand for sorghum since it is beneficial in developing muscle size while reducing fat. Various characteristic properties of sorghum, such as its ease of fermentation and high content of dietary fiber, are driving the demand for sorghum in several end-use applications.

The global sorghum market can be categorized on the basis of application as follows:

  • Biofuel
  • Human Feed
  • Livestock Feed
  • Others (fencing, ethanol, building materials, etc.)

By application, the human feed segment accounted for the largest share of the global sorghum market in 2016 and is expected to maintain its dominance over the forecast period. The market is mainly driven by several health benefits offered by sorghum, such as its high dietary fiber content, high protein content, and ease of digestion. Moreover, the high efficiency of sorghum in building muscle mass further fuels the market's growth. Sorghum seeds are widely utilized in protein powders, nutrition bars, and specialized edible flours. Several factors, including rising demand for sorghum-based beverages such as baijiu, rapid urbanization, and rising consumer preference for less expensive and more nutritious grains, are expected to boost overall growth.

Also, increasing usage of sorghum as an alternative sweetener, especially in alcoholic beverages, is a key aspect driving the global sorghum market. The biofuel segment is anticipated to grow at a significant CAGR owing to an increase in the usage of sweet sorghum in the preparation of biofuel and syngas. Moreover, increasing demand for packaged sorghum flour and rising demand for sorghum stems, especially for fencing and other construction purposes, are further anticipated to boost the overall demand for sorghum over the forecast period.

The global sorghum market can be categorized on the basis of regions and countries as follows:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • France
    • Italy
    • U.K.
    • Russia
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia-Pacific
    • India
    • China
    • Japan
    • Rest of Asia-Pacific
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Rest of Latin America
  • Middle East and Africa
    • GCC Countries
    • South Africa
    • Rest of Middle East and Africa

Asia Pacific is projected to be the most lucrative region in the global sorghum market on account of rising per capita disposable incomes in several developing economies coupled with increasing consumer spending. Since sweet sorghum is widely used in the production of ethanol, countries such as India and China, which are the chief exporters and consumers of ethanol, are expected to bolster the overall demand in the region. Moreover, increasing awareness among consumers towards healthier and cheaper grain crops, rapid urbanization in India and China, an increasing number of cattle and livestock farms, and a rise in the overall population are some other major factors driving the demand for sorghum in the region.

Rapid growth in the animal husbandry sector, particularly in rural Asia-Pacific, and changing consumer food habits are driving overall demand. Since biomass sorghum is utilized in the production of biogas, increasing demand for environmentally friendly and greener fuels is projected to drive the overall demand. Sorghum is one of the major and native crops of the African region, so an increase in the consumption of grain sorghum, especially among the lower middle-class population group, is projected to drive the Middle East and African sorghum market.

Sorghum, The versatility of sorghum gives it the resistance to penetrate beyond the traditional markets, which further enhances the overall crop productivity. Furthermore, the Latin American sorghum market is expected to witness considerable growth due to the increasing use of sorghum in the plant protein ingredients industry, as well as rising demand from the chemical industry. However, fluctuating prices and demand for other alternative grain crops in developed countries such as Brazil and Argentina might hamper the market's growth.

Frequently Asked Question:

The market for Sorghum Market is expected to reach USD$ XX Mn in 2025.

The Sorghum Market is expected to see significant CAGR growth over the coming years, at 4.2%.

The report is forecasted from 2017 -2025.

The base year of this report is 2016.

National Sorghum Producers,Shri Lal Mahal Group,National Sweet Sorghum Producers & Processors Assn,Richardson Seeds,Sorghum Forum of South Africa. are some of the major players in the global market.

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Published Date:  Dec 2017
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