Brazil Itamarati mills to boost sugar cane crushing by 20% Y/Y in 2013/14

(SeeNews) - Mar 13, 2013 - Brazil's sugar and ethanol producer Itamarati mills, located in central-western Mato Grosso state, expects to process 6 million tonnes of sugar cane in the forthcoming 2013/2014 crop year, 20% more year-on-year.
According to the company, the projected boost mirrors the expansion by 4% of the area planted with sugar ​​cane which now stands at 11 ha (27.2 acres).
Itamarati mills will strive to produce as much as 280 million litres (73.9m gallons) of ethanol in 2013/2014, as 65% of the raw material has been earmarked for the production of the fuel. The remainder will go for the manufacturing of some 300,000 tonnes of sugar.
In the 2012/13 season, Itamarati mills crushed 5.5 million tonnes of sugar cane, produced 236 million litres of ethanol and 250,000 tonnes of sugar.
Brazil's sugar cane crop year officially starts on April 1 and ends on March 31 the next year.

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