Brazilian sugar cane harvest is expected to reach 642 million tons, says Conab

BRAZIL- The National Supply Company (Conab) reported that sugar-ethanol industry will produce in season 2011/2012, 642 million tons, a national record. The volume represents a 2.9% increase in total production, compared to the 2010/2011 cycle.

The production increase is attributed mainly to growth in area and productivity of sugarcane plantations of new plants that came into operation in recent seasons.Nevertheless, the drought in the productive areas of the South-Central region, from April to November 2010, will influence the fall in average productivity, which should be 1.8% lower than the previous harvest, through to 76.04 tons per hectare . “In most plants, there was a delay of activities due to climatic factors in the previous year, which hampered the development of sugarcane plantations,” says the entity.

Sugar and ethanol

According to Conab, 51.89% (333.1 million tons) of total cane to be crushed, will be used to produce 27.01 billion gallons of ethanol.Of this amount, 18.38 billion liters are for hydrated and 8.71 billion for anhydrous . The 48.11% (308,900 tons) will be destined for the production of 40.94 million tonnes of sugar, well above last season, when they were produced 38.17 million tonnes.

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