Center for Advanced BioEnergy Research, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Southern Brazilians Want to Make Ethanol From Rice
Sunday, July 10, 2011 12:46 PM

According to ANBA: Rice growers from the state of Rio Grande do Sul, in Southern Brazil, are organizing themselves to enable the manufacturing of ethanol from rice. A document on the subject will be elaborated by the farmers, with the aid of the Secretariat for Production and Agroenergy of the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply, and forwarded to the president Dilma Rousseff. Farmers from the state are already willing to build six plants. It all started at Vinema Multioleos Vegetais, a company based in the municipality of Camaqu? that makes oil from castor and sunflower seed. "We began doing research on the possibility of making ethanol from rice," says Vilson Neumann Machado, the project and development director at Vinema. The idea is to take advantage from the fact that rice is a successful culture in the state, considering that sugarcane does not find a proper environment in the state.

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