BRAZIL: UNICA says centre-south cane crush totals 45.3 million tonnes in 2H June

Published: 07/12/2018, 5:25:51 PM

Sugarcane crush in Brazil's centre-south totaled 45.31 million tonnes in the second half of June, down 5.05% from the same time last year, according to industry association UNICA, reports Anna Flavia Rochas for Sugaronline.

Mills continued to focus on ethanol production in the period, using only 37.67% of the processed raw material to produce sugar.

Sugar production was down 23.69% in the second half of June, to 2.28 million tonnes, and ethanol output increased 30.44%, to 2.35 billion litres, year-on-year. Corn ethanol production totaled 24.47 million litres. 

In the first quarter of the 2018/19 season, mills in the centre-south crushed 222.57 million tonnes of cane, up 11.6% from the same period in 2017/18. Sugar production reached 9.75 million tonnes of sugar (-12.1%) and ethanol output totaled 11 billion litres (+50%).

Productivity measured by total recoverable sugars (ATR) was at 129.1 kilos per tonne from April-June, up 4.84% from the same time last year. The dry weather in the centre-south region contributed to the improvement in ATR, but it will probably have a negative effect in the agricultural yield in the next couple of months, according to UNICA.

Agricultural productivity decreased 2.59% in June in relation to the same month in 2017, to 82.91 tonnes per hectare, according to a research by the Cane Technology Center (CTC) with 139 companies. From April-June, productivity is at 80.02 tonnes per hectare, down 2.46% year-on-year.
Ethanol sales by mills in the centre-south reached 2.62 billion litres in June, when 2.52 billion litres were sold domestically.

Total sales of hydrous ethanol in the Brazilian market increased 47.8% in the period, to 1.69 billion litres. Anhydrous ethanol sales were in line with volumes sold in June 2017, at 837.61 million litres.
"Hydrous ethanol sales remain very competitive and consumers have already realized the huge savings they can get from fueling with ethanol at this moment," said UNICA's director, Antonio de Padua Rodrigues, via statement.