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24/08/2017 - 13:13hs

Cane output expected to drop

Brazil’s National Supply Company (Conab) predicts a sugarcane harvest of 646.3 million tons, which is 1.7% less than in the last crop.

Brasília – Brazilian sugarcane production is seen reaching 646.3 million tons for the 2017/2018 crop season, down 1.7% from 657.1 million in the preceding season. The estimate was made public by the National Supply Company (Conab) this Thursday (24). Planted area is 3.1% smaller, going from 9.05 million to 8.77 million hectares.

The general coordinator for Agroenergy at the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply, Cid Caldas, believes the reduced crop area is no cause for concern, since there used to be places that did not allow for mechanized harvest, and cane is no longer being grown in those. Output would decrease by a higher rate if not for a 1.5% increase in yield, from 72.62 tons per hectare in the prior season to 73.73 tons per hectare in the upcoming harvest.

The bulk of sugarcane grown in Brazil will go to sugar manufacturing, with sugar output seen at 39.39 million tons, up 1.8% form 38.69 million tons in the last season. Ethanol output is expected to be 6.1% smaller, going from 27.81 million to 26.12 million tons.

*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum

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