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Sugar Output in Brazil Region Rises 5.1% in Second Half of July

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Aug. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Sugar output in Brazil’s center south, the world’s largest-producing region, increased 5.1 percent in the second half of July after dry weather allowed mills to step up harvesting.

Output of 2.97 million metric tons between July 16 and July 31 compares with 2.83 million tons a year earlier, Sao Paulo-based Unica said in an e-mailed report today. The crop year started April 1.

Growers harvested 46.3 million tons of cane in the second half of July, from 41.8 million tons a year ago. Ethanol output was 1.78 billion liters (470 million gallons), up 3 percent.

Mills in the center south, which accounts for about 90 percent of Brazil’s sugar and ethanol, turned 50.6 percent of the cane into sugar. That compares with 50.1 percent a year earlier. The rest was turned into ethanol.

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