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Increased Numbers of Cane Harvest to go to Ethanol

Increased Numbers of Cane Harvest to go to Ethanol

19 May 2014

BRAZIL - The Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) predicts a surge in the amount of cane harvest that is used in ethanol production.

UNICA estimates 56 per cent of cane processed will be used to produce fuel, up 1.66 compared to 2013/2014, reports Biofuels International.

As a result, ethanol production is expected to increase by 1.2 per cent, reaching 25.87 billion litres.

A cane crush of 580 million tonnes for the 2014/2015 harvest is expected, a 16.94 million tonne reduction from the 2013/2014 crush of 596.94 million tonnes.

UNICA says this projection reflects a five per cent increase in the area available for harvesting, but a considerable drop in yields resulting from the long period of drought that extended from late 2013 into early this year.

Antonio de Padua Rodrigues, UNICA technical director, says: "The contraction in the level of cane-field renewals at the beginning of this year reflects the difficult financial situation that producers are facing, with many units not in a position to invest in planting."

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