Unica predicts new reduction

The new projection of Unica expects a reduction of 4.26% over the last estimate in August, with a total milling of 488,50 million tonnes, down 12,29% on the value end of the 2010/2011 harvest (556 , 95 million tons). At the same pace, the agricultural income of the area harvested by the end of September reached 70.60 tons of cane sugar per hectare, down 18.20% compared to the value observed in the same period in 2010. The expected output for the 2011/2012 season in the Mid-South is less than 70 tons per hectare, a reduction of almost 20% compared to the historical average of 85 tons per hectare, according to the organization.

In São Paulo state, agricultural productivity is the lowest in 20 years and decline in milling is expected to exceed 50 million tons, with emphasis on the regions of Ribeirão Preto, São José do Rio Preto and Araçatuba. This volume represents about 80% of the planned reduction of grinding the entire center-south in the 2011/2012 harvest.

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