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Hungary to host the next European Congress in 2025

05 July 20242 min reading

Hungary will host the fourth European Congress in September 2025, highlighting sorghum’s growing importance to the country. In the 2023/24 season, Hungary cultivated 50,000 hectares of sorghum, with 38,000 hectares dedicated to grain sorghum and 11,000 hectares to forage sorghum.

In September 2025, Hungary will host the fourth European Sorghum Congress, a significant event for the country's agricultural sector. Although sorghum currently occupies only 1% of Hungary's arable land, it is becoming increasingly attractive as markets develop. In the 2023/24 season, Hungary cultivated 50,000 hectares of sorghum, with 38,000 hectares dedicated to grain sorghum and 11,000 hectares to forage sorghum.

Since the 2018/19 season, the area dedicated to sorghum in Hungary has surged by 260%, growing from 13,800 hectares to its current size. This rapid increase highlights sorghum's potential despite competition from other grains in crop rotation systems. Over the past five years, Hungary has achieved an average yield of 4.2 tons per hectare, though irrigation can push yields to as high as 10.5 tons per hectare under optimal conditions.

More than 90% of the Hungarian sorghum market is dedicated to animal feed, primarily for poultry and waterfowl, with wet sorghum used for pig and cattle feed. However, sorghum also has human food applications, including flour and pasta.

Hungary is home to six sorghum breeders: Alta Seeds, GKI (GabonaKutato Institute), KWS, Lidea, RAGT, and Axéréal. Additionally, processing is handled by companies such as Kite and Galldorf. This robust network underscores the crop's growing importance to Hungary's agricultural landscape.

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