Brazil's hydrous ethanol sales rise 30% y/y in March

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April 11 (Renewables Now) - Hydrous ethanol sales in Brazil's Centre-South reached 1.38 billion litres (364 million gallons) last month, a 29.69% year-on-year increase, local sugarcane industry association Unica announced on Tuesday.

Anhydrous ethanol sales stood at 773.41 million litres, bringing all ethanol sales to 2.23 billion litres in March.

According to Unica, around 79.02 million litres of the biofuel were intended for export while 2.15 billion litres were sold on the domestic market.

A total of 428.70 million litres of ethanol were produced in the final two weeks of March from sugarcane with 31.35 million litres coming from corn-derived sources.

The 2017/2018 harvest has now ended. From the start of the sugarcane harvest back in April 2017 and up until March 2018 the total volume of ethanol sold in the country's Centre-South region was 26.41 billion liters, a 1.71% increase when compared to the previous harvest, Unica noted.

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