09 October 2012 19:11 [Source: ICIS news]
MEDELLIN, Colombia (ICIS)--Brazil's key centre-south region processed 24% less sugarcane during the second half of September, industry group Unica said on Tuesday.
The volume of sugar cane processed by mills in south-central region of Brazil totalled 31.8m tonnes in the last 15 days of September, a decrease of 24% compared with the first half of the month and down 14% compared with the same week of 2011, the Brazilian trade group said.
Milling rates in the second half of September was only at 66% capacity, lower than the 87% recorded in the first half of the month, Unica said.
Sugarcane processing since the beginning of the season until the end of September totalled 381.4m tonnes, according to Unica.
The centre-south accounts for 90% of Brazil's ethanol production.
Ethanol production reached 1.44bn litres in the last half of September, according to Unica.
The group said 634m litres of anhydrous ethanol and 802m litres of hydrous ethanol were produced during the latter half of the month.
Since the beginning of the season, ethanol production reached 15bn litres, with 6bn litres of anhydrous and 9bn litres of hydrous ethanol, Unica said.
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