26 November 2012 22:19 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--Brazil's sugarcane production in the key centre-south region rose by 42% year on year in the first half of November to 26.5m tonnes, trade group Unica said on Monday.
This brought total production so far this year to 481.9m tonnes, a 0.67% increase from the 478.7m tonnes produced in the same period in 2011.
The November production figure marked the first time this year that output jumped ahead of the 2011 harvest, Unica said.
The sugarcane harvest in the centre-south, which accounts for 90% of Brazil's ethanol output, runs from April to November/December.
Centre-south sugarcane production is expected to reach 518.5m tonnes for the 2012-2013 crop year, up by 5% from the 493.2m tonnes produced in 2011-2012, according to the Brazilian group.
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