Brazil faces delays in Sao Paulo sugar, ethanol production - report
May 23, 2014 - Brazilian sugar and ethanol mills in Sao Paulo state have started production later than usual, as a drought in the first months of 2014 caused delays in the harvest, local daily O Globo reported Friday.
The activities in some places began only 20 days ago and the situation could deteriorate in case of rainfalls in the second half of 2014.
The production was also affected by delays in equipment maintenance at some plants.
In the current crop year, Brazil's Centre-South region processed 40.3 million tonnes of cane until the end of April, down 3.4% on the year, according to sector association Unica. The harvest is expected to reach 580 million tonnes, down 2.84%.
Due to the delays, the harvest should continue until December.
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