As we wrote
, the Guanxi province in the south of
is using its main agricultural product, cassava, to produce ethanol. This tuberous root can be grown in dry land which, according to Xinhua's official news agency, allows
production without competing with food resources. Local drivers will be able to use the biofuel soon: pumps in Guanxi's 14 cities will distribute ethanol exclusively in two weeks time.
Besides cassava, China is working on producing ethanol from other sources such as sweet potatoes, sorghum and straw and the country is quite desperate to reduce its foreign oil dependence. Oil imports in China were up 12 percent in 2007 so the country is aiming to make 10 percent of its energy sources renewable.