By Jeffrey T. Lewis
SAO PAULO–Brazilian sugar mills in the country’s center-south region crushed less cane in the first half of April compared with a year earlier, as fewer mills began operations at the start of the new production season, according to industry group Unica.
Center-south mills crushed 5.19 million metric tons of cane in the period, a decline of 66.9% from the same period a year earlier, Unica said Thursday. They produced 126,630 tons of sugar, down 80%, and made 398 million liters of ethanol, a decline of 46%.
The production mix for the first half of April was 25.95% sugar to 74.05% ethanol, compared with 38.8% sugar and 61.2% ethanol in the same period a year ago.
The sugarcane harvesting season, and the sugar and ethanol production season, begin on April 1 in the center-south region, which grows about 90% of the country’s cane.
Only 85 mills had begun operations in the first half of April, compared with 149 mills in the same period a year earlier, Unica said. Another 104 mills should begin operations in the second half of the month, according to the group.
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