Brazil Region’s Sugar Output Little Changed in 2nd Half of Aug.

Sugar output in Brazil’s Center South, the world’s largest producing region, was little changed in the second half of August, industry association Unica said.

Production of the sweetener in the two-week period totaled 2.96 million metric tons, Unica said today in an e-mailed statement. Ethanol output fell 18 percent to 1.74 billion liters (458 million gallons) from 2.12 billion liters a year earlier.

Farmers in the Center South, where about 90 percent of Brazil’s sugar and ethanol is produced, harvested 40.5 million tons of sugar cane, down 3.8 percent from a year ago, Unica said.

Brazil, Latin America’s biggest economy, is the world’s largest sugar producer, accounting for more than half of global exports, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The harvest in Brazil usually runs from March through November.

Farmers have reaped 338.1 million tons of cane in the harvest so far, a drop of 11 percent from the same period a year earlier. Mills in the region have produced 20.4 million tons of sugar this year, down 9.4 percent from last year.

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