15 June 2012 21:50 [Source: ICIS news]
MEDELLIN, Colombia (ICIS)--Brazil's centre-south sugarcane production through May fell by 30% from a year earlier to 70.7m tonnes, sugarcane industry group Unica said on Friday.
The centre-south accounts for 90% of Brazil's ethanol production. The sugarcane harvest in the area begins in April and runs through November/December.
The wet weather at the end of April and running into June reduced the number of operating hours for mills that have started production, buyers and sellers said.
The group represents a large share of sugarcane mills in the centre-south, which in 2011 crushed 493.26m tonnes of the ethanol feedstock, an 11% drop from 556.94m tonnes in the previous year.
Brazil's centre-south sugarcane production in 2012 is expected to increase by 3% to 509m tonnes, Unica predicted in April.
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