07/01/2011NEWS IN ENGLISH – Brazil crushed a record 625 million tons of sugarcane in 2010
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Danilo Macedo Reporter Agência Brasil
Brasília – Ethanol/sugar mill owners crushed a record 625 million tons of sugarcane in 2010, reports Conab, the state-run farm produce supply company. That is an increase of 3.4% over the 604.5 million tons that went through the mills in 2009.
According to Conab, production of sugarcane rose because the area planted increased, new mills went on line and the weather cooperated in most of the Central South region.
At the moment, the harvest in the Central South regions has been concluded, while it continues in the North and Northeast regions.
This harvest, 53.8% (336.2 million tons) of the sugarcane that was crushed in mills produced 27.7 billions liters of ethanol. Brazil makes two kinds of ethanol: 19.6 billion liters of the production was used as fuel for flex cars and the rest, 8.1 billion liters, is added to gasoline.
As a result, the remaining 46.2% of the crushed sugarcane (288.7 million tons) was used to produce 38.7 million tons of sugar (that is up from 33 million tons of sugar in 2009). Brazilian domestic consumption of sugar is around 11 million tons annually. Last year, international prices for sugar were the highest in 30 years.
Allen Bennett – translator/editor The News in English
Link – Com 625 milhões de toneladas de cana moídas, Brasil atinge recorde em 2010