BRAZIL: Cane crush in centre-south totals 38.91 million tonnes in H2 August

Published: 09/12/2017, 4:48:19 PM

Sugarcane mills located in Brazil's centre-south crushed 38.91 million tonnes of cane in the second half of August, and significantly reduced the percentage of cane dedicated to sugar production, according to data released by sugarcane industry association UNICA this Tuesday, reports Sugaronline.

Cane crush increased 0.82% in the second half of August, in comparison with the same period last year, but reduced 14.06% from the first half of the past month.

About 46.95% of the sugarcane crushed during the second half of August was directed to sugar production, down from the average of 50.32% for the past two months.

Sugar production decreased 0.47%, to 2.54 million tonnes. Ethanol totaled 1.77 billion litres, up 3.15% from the same period in 2016.

Centre-south mills crushed 381.52 million tonnes of cane from April to August, down 3.62% from the same period a year earlier. Sugar production totaled 23.26 million tonnes, up 3.37% from the same period in 2016. Ethanol output decreased 7.55%, to 15.29 billion litres (8.69 billion litres of hydrous and 6.6 billion litres of anhydrous).

Total Recoverable Sugars (ATR) per tonne of raw sugarcane was at 131.99 kilos from April to August, in comparison to 130.75 kg in the same period last year.

Mills in the centre-south sold 1.27 billion litres of ethanol in the second half of August: 1.16 billion litres sold in the Brazilian domestic market and 116.6 million litres in foreign markets.

"These ethanol sales in the domestic market show an 11.77% increase in comparison with the quantity sold in the first 15 days of August, besides being the largest biweekly volume sold in the last 12 months," UNICA said per statement.