Brazil ethanol output falls 10% as 2011 harvest winds down

13 December 2011 16:34  [Source: ICIS news]

BOGOTA (ICIS)--Brazil's centre-south ethanol output through November has dropped over 10% year on year, industry association Unica said on Tuesday.

The centre-south accounts for 90% of Brazil's ethanol production. The sugarcane harvest in the region runs from April to November/December.

Unica said about 60 sugarcane mills had not yet completed harvest by the end of November, down from around 150 units in mid-November.

Centre-south ethanol production from 1 April through the end of November totalled 20.38bn litres, Unica said in its latest crop update.

The amount of sugarcane processed by centre-south mills totalled 498.6m tonnes in the same period, the group said, adding that the figure represents a year-on-year reduction of 51.7% from the previous harvest.

The decline in production results from poor weather for crop development in the centre-south over the past two years.

Brazil also produces ethanol in its northeastern region, but the sugarcane harvest in the area runs from September to March.

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By: Leela Landress
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