Rainfall slows Brazil's key sugarcane harvest

12 July 2012 21:29  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Heavy rainfall in parts of Brazil's centre-south region was to blame for a significant drop in sugarcane production in the area, industry association Unica said on Thursday.

Centre-south mills crushed 128.31m tonnes of sugarcane in April-June, a 28% reduction from 177.70m tonnes in the same months of 2011, the group said.

Unica tracks production starting in April because that is when the sugarcane harvest begins in the centre-south.

The harvest runs through November/December.

The centre-south, where most sugarcane mills are represented by Unica, accounts for around 90% of Brazil's ethanol production.

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