Brazil ethanol production falls 8% as sugarcane crop declines

24 October 2012 23:24  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Brazil's centre-south region produced nearly 8% less ethanol in the past few months amid a smaller sugarcane crop and lower sugarcane yields, industry group Unica said on Wednesday.

Ethanol output in the centre-south totalled 16.7bn litres from 1 April to 15 October, down from 18.2bn litres one year earlier, Unica said in its latest crop update.

The drop comes amid a 4% reduction in sugarcane production so far this year and a nearly 2% decline in sugarcane yields, according to Unica figures.

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

Ethanol output in the region is expected to reach 21.05bn litres in 2012, the Brazilian group has said, a 2.5% increase from the amount of ethanol produced in 2011.

Brazil also produces ethanol in the northeast region of the country. The sugarcane harvest in that area runs from September to March.

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