Brazil's Centre-South ethanol production jumps 29.3% Apr 1-Aug 31, 2013
Sep 11, 2013 - The ethanol output of Brazil's largest sugar cane producing region Centre-South grew 29.3% year-on-year to 15.36 billion litres (3.057bn gallons) in the period from April 1, when the 2013/14 crop year started, to August 31, according to data of the Brazilian sugarcane industry association (UNICA) released yesterday.
The ethanol production of the region, which acconts for 90% of the total Brazilian sugar cane production, hit 2.08 billion litres in the second half of August, up 8.25% in annual terms. Sugar production came in at 3.2 million tonnes in the second half of August, down 3.7% in comparison to a year ago. Sugar cane crushing increased by 4.3% in the period to 48.54 million tonnes. Of the total crushed cane, 51.37% was earmarked for production of ethanol, versus 48.42% in the same period of 2012/2013.
Centre-South's ethanol sales totalled 2.54 billion litres in full August, up 21.4% year-on-year. Of them, 2.17 billion litres were earmarked for the domestic market and 369.11 million litres -- for exports.