Brazil's Parana sugarcane crush in H1 May down 6% on year


Sugarcane crush in Brazil's Parana state in the first half of May was 1.95 million mt, down 6% from a year ago but up 39% from the second half of April, data from the Bioenergy Producers Association of Parana, or Alcopar, showed Tuesday.

Parana state is the fifth-largest sugarcane producer in the key Center-South region. The 2017-18 sugarcane season started April 1 in the Center-South, the largest sugarcane and sugar producer in the world.

Alcopar said one mill has not yet started operations this season from a total of 25.

Alcopar said 42.06% of total cane crushed was directed to produce ethanol (hydrous plus anhydrous), which has reached 61.8 million liters, down 11% from same period last year but up 37% from H2 April. Hydrous accounted for 57.4% of the total and anhydrous for the balance.

The balance of the cane was used to produce 140,272 mt of sugar, down 0.1% from same period last year but up 69% from two weeks before.

Cane's total recoverable sugar, or ATR, was 130.1 kg/mt of cane, up 12.84 kg from H2 April and up from 128.51 kg in H1 May 2016.

Since the season began April 1 through May 16, the amount of sugarcane crushed was 4.33 million mt, down 44.5% year on year.

The accumulated ATR was 121.68 kg/mt, down 5.7% year on year, Alcopar said.

Sugar output totaled 267,162 mt, down 49% year on year. This production has used 52.96% of the cane crushed, while the balance was used for ethanol. That compares with 54% for sugar over the same period last season.

Ethanol output so far this season was 144.2 million liters, down 47% year on year. Of this, nearly 87 million liters were hydrous and the balance was anhydrous.

Hydrous ethanol is mainly used in flex-fuel vehicles, while anhydrous is mostly mixed with gasoline at a proportion of 27%, according to a national mandate.


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