BRAZIL: UNICA says sugarcane crush totaled 47.55 million tonnes in H2 June

Published: 07/12/2017, 2:42:37 PM

Sugarcane crushed in centre-south Brazil in the second half of June totaled 47.55 million tonnes, down 1.42% from the same time last year, according to Brazil's sugarcane industry association UNICA, reports Sugaronline

Since the beginning of this season in April through the second half of June, cane crushing in the centre-south totaled 198.75 million tonnes, down 7.81% from the same period last year, UNICA said in a statement to the press Wednesday.

Brazil's centre-south produced 2.97 million tonnes of sugar in the second half of June, up 6.04% from one year ago. Ethanol production dropped 7.7%, to 1.79 billion litres (964 million litres of hydrous and 833 million litres of anhydrous ethanol).

So far this season, sugar production reached 11.05 million tonnes, up 0.28% from the same time in 2016, while ethanol output decreased 14.33%, to 7.6 billion litres (4.4 billion litres of hydrous and 3.2 billion litres of anhydrous ethanol).

As of July 1, 265 mills were operating in Brazil's centre-south, compared to 274 at the same period of 2016. UNICA expects other six mills to start operations during the current season.

Preliminary data from Brazil's Cane Technology Center (CTC) shows a 3.8% increase in sugarcane productivity in June, year-on-year, to 86.84 tonnes of sugarcane produced per hectare, due to favorable climate for the development of the plant at the beginning of the current season, according to UNICA.

Despite the improvement in June, productivity since the beginning of the season in April through the end of June is still 0.91% the same time in 2016, at 82.12 tonnes per hectare.

Total recoverable sugars (ATR) for the 2017/18 season is at 123.17 kilos per tonne of sugarcane, in comparison with 123.6 kg per tonne at the same period in 2016/17.

Mills in the centre-south sold 2.12 billion litres of ethanol in June (1.97 billion to the Brazilian domestic market and 149.46 million litres to foreign markets).

Hydrous ethanol sales in the Brazilian market totaled 1.13 billion in June, in line with volumes registered in May. Anhydrous ethanol domestic sales decreased 2.7%, to 838.7 million litres.