Center-South will grind 2% more, provides INTL FCStone

Specially because of the rains in higher than expected volume in February and last March, with improved the situation of humidity of the soils, the harvest of sugarcane in Center-South projects advance of 2% in grinding compared to 2014.

Thus, should be processed 582,9 million tons in the main producing region of sugar and ethanol in the country.

The assessment is the INTL FCStone consulting in its first review of estimated 2015/16 sugarcane harvest in the Center-South.

“In these two months [February and March] very important for the development of sugarcane, producing regions of the Center-South received an average of precipitation 40% higher than the previous year,” mentions the company in a report.

The grinding must be directly impacted by the improved water status of soil in recent months. With sugarcane recovering from a year with rainfall lower than expected in crucial months for plant development, agricultural productivity is expected to reach higher level than was previously expected, although still below the historical average for the region.

As the quality of raw materials, it is estimated slight reduction in the concentration of sugar in relation to the cycle 2014/15. This should occur due to an increase, even if mild, of precipitation.

“We estimate the average ATR in 135,2 kg/T, 1% less than last crop. This concentration would lead to late availability of recoverable sugars to 78,8 million tons, almost 1% above the previous season”, said.

The firm designs, also a mix of alcohol of 57,3%. This proportion of the raw material should be used for the production of 15,2 billion liters of hydrous and 11,3 billion liters of anhydrous, totaling 26,4 billion liters of biofuel.

The sugar production should consume 42,7% of the availability of ATR, totaling 32,1 million tons of the sweetener, an increase of 0,3% over the previous harvest.

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