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Biofuel Industry,Biomass Energy in South Africa

Biofuel Industry in South Africa
Biofuels
, which are defined as solid, liquid or gaseous fuels obtained from biological material. The production of biofuels is being widely promoted as a renewable and environmentally friendly way of reducing the use of fossil fuels. Biofuels in South Africa continue to flounder in a morass of government inaction, lack of policy determination and the threat to food security. This despite the fact that South Africa is a net exporter of food, including corn and sugar, and the fact that South Africa has enough land to accommodate agricultural production for both food and fuel. 

biomass pelletsOn December 5, 2007 the South African cabinet approved a national Bio-fuels Industrial Strategy. The new Bio-fuels Industrial Strategy is driven predominantly by the need to address issues of poverty, rural development, and Black Economic Empowerment (BEE). The focus of the strategy therefore is the promotion of farming in areas that were previously neglected by the apartheid system and areas of the country that did not have market access for their produce, most of these areas are in the former homeland areas.
The new strategy recommended biofuel production from sources such as sugar cane, sugar beet, soybeans, canola and sunflower. The use of grain sorghum, instead of maize is also under discussion, which may result in a major boost of grain sorghum output. For grain sorghum and soybeans, a total tonnage of more than 500,000 and 2,500,000 is predicted to be required for the demand based on the proposed blending percentages of 2 and 5 % for bio-ethanol and bio-diesel respectively. At this stage South Africa's Departments of Trade & Industry and Mineral & Energy seem little concerned about, or haven't considered the large amount of by-products coming from such production as they have not made much effort to consult the feed industry with regards to the economic consequences on the off take of these by-products. The new Strategy further caused strong reaction from agriculture and industry groups mainly because of the exclusion of maize as feedstock for ethanol production. The use of maize was excluded amid concerns over food security and fears of price increases. The more complex we make this and the more we politicize it the less chance we will have to ever see successful biofuel production and overall economic benefits in South Africa.
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