Dec 11, 2012 - The ethanol output of Brazil's largest sugar cane producing region Centre-South marked an year-on-year growth of 0.55% to 20.382 billion litres (5.384bn gallons) in the period between April 1 and December 1 this year.
Hydrous ethanol output totalled 11.942 billion litres, down 4.22% in annual terms, data of the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) showed yesterday.
Anhydrous ethanol output, however, registered a 8.18% climb, to 8.439 billion litres.
The volume of crushed sugar cane from the season's start to December 1 came in at 510.5 million tonnes versus 487.9 million tonnes processed in the same period of the previous crop year, UNICA said.
In the second half of last month alone, the crushed sugar cane soared to 28.52 million tonnes from 9.22 million tonnes processed in the last two weeks of November 2011.
Over the past couple of months, ethanol production and sugar cane crushing have recovered from the slow start of the current crop year, which started on April 1 and will end on March 31 next year.