– Sorghum is a 90-day crop hence under irrigation can achieve 3 crops yearly
– Production per hectare is 3 tonnes of grain.
– Sweet Sorghum Syrup
– Stalks Production will be 40 tonnes per hectare
– One tonne of stalk will produce 350 Kg syrup and at 80% after-processing losses, net produce will be 280 Kg per hectare
– Hence for 40 tonnes per hectare, syrup production will be (280 kg/tonne X 40 tonnes) = 11,200 kg/hectare
Soybeans will be produced under crop rotation
During phase 1 sweet sorghum production, soya production will use 1,000 hectares
Soya production per hectare will be 2.5 tonne/ha per crop.
Sunflower will be produced under crop rotation
During phase 1 sweet sorghum production, Sunflower production will use 400 hectares
Sunflower production per hectare will be 2.5 tonnes/ha per crop
Cattle feedlots: – 400 hectares (1,000 acres)
Beef animals feed on biomass produced from the initial phase 1 area of 3,500 ha
For pollination Tana 3S will has selected areas for Apiculture. With a good management regime, one acre of sunflower can support about 50 colonies of honey bees. With each colony producing up to 40 kilograms per year, then one can expect 2,000 kg of honey per year assuming continues flowering of the crop. Hence 500 acres could yield upwards of 80 MT of honey per year.
This compares favourably with the findings of Crane et al., (1984), who estimated that one hectare of mature chestnut trees can yield 500 kg of honey per year. The improved hives for high production include the Kenya Top Bar and the Langstroth
From the above crops, we will be able to generate 50 tonnes of dry matter which will run a 10 MW power electricity production unit.