March 2015 – LM10, in partnership with Japanese firm SOL Holding, has brought the drought-resistant strain of Sorghum to the Philippines. 

SOL Holdings officials visited the Philippines last March 2015 and agreed to a contract covering five hectares in Himamaylan City in Negros Occidental, Philippines. The planting rate is 100,250 units per hectare, with a harvest planned for three times per year.

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Named Super Sorghum, the crop is known for its high yield, resilience to drought and humidity stress, and adaptability to a wide variety of soil types. It can grow in semi-arid areas, where corn and sugar cane hardly survive and has the capacity to rapidly grow in areas with more than 400 millimeters of annual precipitation. 

Sorghum is an important crop worldwide and is used for food, fodder, the production of alcoholic beverages, and biofuels. It’s an important sustainable resource, especially in the coming years as economic growth is expected to increase energy demand.