BRAZIL: UNICA says H2 December centre-south crush down at 583.39 million tonnes

Published: 01/12/2018, 1:32:08 PM

Sugarcane mills in Brazil's centre-south region crushed 2.56 million tonnes of cane in the second half of December, down 18.09% from the same time last year, and the season is practically concluded, according to industry association UNICA, reports Sugaronline

Since the start of the 2017/18 season in April through the end of December, sugarcane crush has reached 583.39 million tonnes, down 1.46% from the same period last year.

Only four mills in the centre-south continue to operate after Jan. 1, according to Antonio de Padua Rodrigues, director at UNICA.

Total Recoverable Sugars (ATR) totaled 137.32 kilos per tonne so far this year, in comparison with 133.85 kg/tonne at the same time in the previous harvest.

"This improvement in the quality of the raw material compensated the reduction in grinding recorded through the end of December, avoiding a decrease in the quantity of products obtained from the processing of sugarcane in the current cycle," said Padua Rodrigues.

Mills directed 53.07% of the total sugarcane to produce ethanol this season.

Sugar production in the second fortnight of December totaled 110,930 tonnes, down 15.62% from the same period in 2016. Ethanol production reached 189.39 million litres (183 million litres of hydrous and 6 million litres of anhydrous), up 12.33% .

From April through December, sugar production reached 35.82 million tonnes, up 1.74%, while ethanol output increased 1.23%, to 25.22 billion litres (10.66 billion litres of anhydrous ethanol and 14.56 billion litres of hydrous ethanol).

Sales of ethanol by mills in the centre-south totaled 19.99 billion litres from January to December, 1.91% less than in the 12 months of 2016. 

Mills in the centre-south sold 1.39% more sugar in the Brazilian domestic market in 2017 than in 2016, while sugar exports increased 0.96% in the same comparison.