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Brazil to Increase Ethanol Output

Brazil to Increase Ethanol Output

15 April 2014

BRAZIL - Brazil forecasts growth in its cane harvest and sugar output, despite the drought in its main sugar-producing region.

In its first estimates, Brazil's Conab crop bureau anticipates the country's cane, ethanol and sugar output in 2014-2015 to reach 672 million tonnes, a two per cent increase year on year, reports Biofuels International.

Ethanol output will rise by 1.5 per cent to 412 million litres and sugar production will rise by 4.2 per cent to 40 million tonnes.

The region's cane crop will also rise 1.8 per cent year on year to 613 million tonnes, boosted by a 4.5 per cent increase to more than eight million hectares in harvested area.

As the drought hit a large proportion of the Centre South region, responsible for some 90 per cent of Brazil's cane production, Conab appreciates that 'the lack of rain combined with the high temperatures impacted productivity'.

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