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Sugar Output Jumps 73% in Brazil’s Center South Oct 16-31

Sugar output in Brazil’s Center South, the world’s largest producing region, climbed 73 percent in the second half of October after dry weather allowed growers to speed up harvesting, industry association Unica said.

Mills produced 2.55 million metric tons of the sweetener between Oct. 16 and Oct. 31, up from 1.48 million tons a year earlier, Sao Paulo-based Unica said in an e-mailed report today.

Sugarcane growers harvested 36.2 million tons in the period, up from 23.1 million tons a year earlier. Ethanol output increased 55 percent to 1.5 billion liters (396 million gallons).

Center South millers, which produce about 90 percent of Brazil’s sugar, turned 51.2 percent of the cane into sweetener, compared with 48.4 percent a year earlier. The rest was processed into ethanol.

The region will harvest 518.5 million tons of cane in the crop year that started April 1, Unica said Sept. 20. That compares with 493.2 million tons in the past season. Sugar output is forecast to climb to 32.7 million tons, from 31.3 million tons in the past season, the association said.

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