Brazil's Centre-South ethanol producers sold 824.12 million litres (217.7 million gallons) of hydrous ethanol in the first two weeks of this month, up 23.51% on the year.
Anhydrous ethanol sales decreased to around 363.67 million litres, local sugarcane industry association Unica announced on Tuesday.
In all, the total ethanol sales amounted to 1.22 billion litres for the first half of the month, of which 37.83 million was intended for export and 1.18 billion litres for the domestic market.
From the start of the 2018/19 harvest and up until March 16 the total volume of hydrous ethanol sold in Brazil's Centre-South region was 20.05 billion litres, 35.60% higher than a year ago.
Production reached 30.56 billion litres in the country's Centre-South region for the first half of March, a 19.11% jump. Corn ethanol accounted for the majority produced with 745.05 million litres, Unica noted.