Bangladesh under fire for E5 plans

May 1, 2017 |

In Bangladesh, critics are slamming the government’s new policy to blend 5% ethanol from corn, molasses and broken rice, claiming that doing so will increase food security in the grain net importing country. Currently the country imports about half of its annual corn demand from the US and Brazil that mostly goes towards animal feed. The government’s analysis shows that achieving a 5% blend would require 18 million liters per year which could be produced from 60,000 metric tons of broken rice per year, about 3% of annual production, or less than 3% of corn production at about 62,000 tons per year or nearly all of its molasses production, about 97,000 tons, all without impacting food security.

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