In a new estimate of the harvest, Unica said that the drop in ethanol production will be offset by imports of the product, which has already occurred. According to the organiztion by the end of the season, this volume should reach about 1.20 billion liters. From early April to late September, Brazil imported 567.77 million liters of ethanol.
Ethanol production is expected to total 20.39 billion liters, 2.93% down compared to last revision in the projected number and 19.68% of the 25.38 billion liters in the previous harvest. The total to be produced this season, will be 7.83 billion liters of anhydrous ethanol and 12.56 billion of hydrated. According to Unica, 51.81% of sugar cane designed for the 2011/2012 season will be used for ethanol production, and 48.19% will be destined for sugar production.
According to the organization, this factor will cause a fall of 2.44% in sugar production in the previous estimate, ie, sugar production is expected to reach 30.80 million tons. The estimated drop will be 8.06% compared to 33.50 million tons produced in 2010/2011 season.