UNICA updates sugarcane harvest, ethanol production statistics

By Erin Voegele | October 16, 2013

UNICA, the sugarcane industry association of Brazil, recently reported that rains are slowing the sugarcane harvest in South-Central Brazil. Approximately 34.16 million tons of sugarcane was processed during the second half of September, down more than 20 percent compared to the first half of the month.

According to UNICA, the number of lost crush days registered by mills in the South-Central region of Brazil increased from 30.9 days during the first half of September to 5.51 days during the second half.

However, even with weather-related setbacks, a higher volume of sugarcane has been processed since the start of the current season when compared to the same period of last year. As of the close of September, 440.44 million tons of sugarcane has been processed this year, up 15.49 percent from the 381.35 million tons processed during the same period of 2012.

During the second half of September, UNICA reports the South-Central region of Brazil produced 1.6 billion liters (422.68 million gallons) of ethanol, up 11.2 percent compared to the volume of ethanol produced during the second half of September 2012.

From the start of the current season through the end of September, 18.83 billion liters of ethanol have been produced, representing a 24.48 percent increase compared to the same period of last year.

According to UNICA, mills in South-Central Brazil sold 2.24 billion liters of ethanol in September, up 13.59 percent compared to the same period of 2012. When compared to last year, exports for the period were down by 32.75 percent, totally 321.8 million liters. Approximately 1.96 billion liters of ethanol were exported from April through September.