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Brazil to crush 512 mln T sugar cane – Kingsman

Top sugar producer Brazil’s main centre-south region looks likely to crush 512 million tonnes of cane for the 2012-2013 season, 3.6 percent more on the year, consultant Jonathan Kingsman said on Thursday.

Sugar output in Brazil’s centre-south region, which accounts for 90 percent of the country’s cane output, is expected to be 31.7 million tonnes against 31.3 million in the current year to end-September, said Kingsman, head of a Lausanne, Switzerland-based consultancy.

“Despite expectations of a reasonable increase in cane crushing, sugar production will rise moderately, constrained by the weather. The sucrose content in cane is likely to be a bit lower,” Kingsman said in an interview.

Even with output of 31.7 million tonnes, Brazil’s main region will still sell 22.1 million tonnes overseas in the 2012/13 season, unchanged on the year, he said.

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