28 August 2013 17:08 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--Brazil's sugarcane crushing in the key centre-south region reached 46.3m tonnes by mid-August, trade group UNICA said on Wednesday.
The amount of sugarcane crushed by mid-August was a 4.7% increase over the same period last year, the group said.
So far this season 315m tonnes has been crushed, a 21% increase year on year, Unica said.
"The number of lost harvest and crush days during the first half of August was very low, allowing the production units to close to full capacity," said the technical director of UNICA, Antonio de Padua Rodrigues.
According to data from Technological Center Canavieira (CTC) about 86.5 tonnes/hectare of sugarcane were produced during the first half of August.
Almost 48% of the total quantity crushed has been for sugar production, the agency said.
In the first half of August 1.95bn litres of ethanol were produced, UNICA said.
Of the 1.95bn litres of ethanol produced the first half of the month, 1.1bn litres was hydrous ethanol and 858m litres was anhydrous, UNICA said.
Brazil blends anhydrous ethanol into gasoline. The country uses hydrous ethanol as a stand-alone fuel in flexible-fuel vehicles (FFVs), competing directly with gasoline.
The sugarcane harvest in the centre-south, which accounts for 90% of Brazil's ethanol output, runs from April to November/December.
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