BRAZIL: UNICA reaffirms forecast for 2016/17 sugarcane crush at 605 million tonnes

Published: 03/13/2017, 3:45:12 PM

Sugarcane crush in Brazil's centre-south is expected to total 605 million tonnes during the current 2016/17 season, the country's sugarcane industry association UNICA reaffirmed on Friday, reports Sugaronline.

Mills crushed 595.8 million tonnes of cane from April 2016 to March 1, 2017, down 0.42% from the same period in the last season.

Adverse climatic conditions is having a negative impact in sugarcane grinding in the first half of March, but the weather is expected to improve in the second half of the month "keeping the final grind forecast to reach 605 million tonnes", UNICA said in a statement.

Sugar production in the centre-south reached 35.29 million tonnes so far this season, up 15.27% from the same period in the prior crop year. Ethanol production decreased 8.23% to 25.16 billion litres (14.60 billion litres of hydrous ethanol and 10.55 billion litres of anhydrous).

Total recoverable sugars (ATR) for the 2016/17 season is at 133.68 kilos per tonne of sugarcane, in comparison with 131.47 kg per tonne in 2015/16.

Cane crushing in the second half of February totaled 1.097 million tonnes, up 4.13% from the same time last year. Sugar production totaled 19.63 tonnes (+51.68%), while ethanol production reached 68.11 million litres (-2.23%).

Ethanol sales by mills in Brazil's centre-south totaled 1.69 billion litres in February, when 39.8 million litres were exported and 1.65 billion litres were sold domestically.

Anhydrous ethanol sales in Brazil decreased 5.2% in February in comparison with January to 816.8 million litres. Sales of hydrous ethanol in Brazil at the same period totaled 836.45 million litres, down 6.78%.