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Brazilian Sugarcane Processing Declines

29 November 2011

BRAZIL - From 1 January to 15 November, plants in the Brazilian Mid-South processed 479.35 million tonnes of sugarcane. According to a statement issued yesterday by the Sugarcane Industry Union (Unica), the volume of cane crushed is 8.8 per cent lower than in the same period of the last crop.

From 1 to 15 November the total volume processed (18.62 million tonnes) was 19.59 per cent lower than in the preceding 15 days and 23.65 per cent lower than in the same period of 2010.

In the first half of November, 151 out of the 214 plants in the region were still operating, according to Brazil-Arab News Agency. By the second half of the month, however, the crop will probably be over. "Less than 35 units are expected to be operating by the end of the month. Thus, we should see a significant decrease in the amount of cane crushed over the coming 15-day periods," said the Unica technical manager, Antonio de Padua Rodrigues.

Out of all cane milled as of November 15th, 51.57 per cent were allocated to the manufacturing of 19.99 billion litres of ethanol. Out of these, 7.78 billion litres were destined to the production of anhydrous ethanol, which is added to gasoline, and 12.2 billion litres went to production of hydrated ethanol, which is used directly in fuelling. The total volume of fuel produced was 16.56 per cent lower than in the same period of 2010. Production of anhydrous ethanol, however, increased by 12.75 per cent.

By the first half of the month, sugar production reached 30.49 million tonnes, 4.73 per cent less than in the same period of the last crop.

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