BRAZIL: UNICA says cane crush up 2.64% to 50.74 million tonnes in 2H July

Published: 08/11/2017, 3:17:17 PM

Sugarcane mills located in Brazil's centre-south crushed 50.74 million tonnes of cane in the second half of July, up 2.64% from the same period last year, according to data released by sugarcane industry association UNICA this Tuesday, reports Sugaronline.

Centre-south mills crushed 297.3 million tonnes of cane from April to Aug. 1, down 4.74% from the same period a year earlier.

Sugar production increased 9.54% in the second half of July, to 3.41 million tonnes. Ethanol output  totaled 2.08 billion litres, up 0.12% from the same period in 2016.

From April to Aug. 1, sugar production totals 17.56 million tonnes, up 3.48% from the same period in 2016. Ethanol production is down 10.15%, to 11.57 billion litres (6.58 billion litres of hydrous and 4.99 billion litres of anhydrous).

Total Recoverable Sugars (ATR) per tonne of raw sugarcane reached 140.29 kilos, in comparison to 137.71 kg in the second half of July last year. By the end of July this season, ATR per tonne was at 128.02 kg, compared to 127.26 kg  in 2016/17.

Mills in the centre-south sold 2.12 billion litres of ethanol in July, with 1.93 billion to the Brazilian domestic market and 185.83 million litres to foreign markets.

Hydrous ethanol sales in the Brazilian market totaled 564.14 million litres in the second half of July, while anhydrous ethanol sales totaled 427.28 million litres.