BSBios has plans to construct a biofuel facility, which will leverage wheat to generate ethanol, in Brazil, reported Reuters.

Although wheat-based ethanol facilities are common in Europe and Canada, most of the ethanol generated in Brazil is derived from sugarcane and corn.

BSBios CEO Erasmo Battistella told the news agency that the project emphasizes the company’s confidence in farmers to increase wheat area and output, which will help cut down reliance on imports.

Expected to be operational in the second half of 2024, the facility will be situated in Rio Grande do Sul, which is considered Brazil’s biggest wheat-producing state.

During the first phase, the facility will generate 111 million litres of ethanol.

The factory is expected to boost food supplies as it will also sell dried distiller grains, a by-product of ethanol production. The grains can be used as livestock feed.

Battistella said: “I don’t want any person to look at our company and say: you are taking our daily bread off the table! I want them to say: you are helping to increase the supply of meat, milk and eggs and making food cheaper through this project.”

As per the data of agriculture research agency Embrapa, the country’s wheat production has surged fivefold to about 3,000kg/ha since the 1970’s.

Recently, Brazil, in a partnership with Argentina, commenced testing a variety of drought resistant, genetically modified wheat in Cerrado, which is considered a new wheat farming region.
Image: The facility is expected to be operational in the second half of 2024. Credit: Hands off my tags! Michael Gaida from Pixabay.