The volume of sugarcane processed by the plants in the Center-South amounted to 279.9K tons in the first half of February, representing a fall of 51.47% compared to the same period of last year (577K tons). The figures are from the Sugar Cane Industry Union (Unica), released this week. Up-dated survey indicates that in this 2018/19 off-season only 4 sugarcane and 8 corn processing units remain in operation in the Center-South of Brazil. According to the entity, because of the reduced grinding, the production of sugar and ethanol in the fortnight were residual. Sugar production in this period totaled 1.65K tons (down 64.37% compared to 5K tons in the same period of 2018). Ethanol production was 61.31 million liters, representing a decrease of 12.42% (70 million liters last year). In addition, hydration was observed (anhydrous ethanol reprocessed and converted to hydrated ethanol) of 58.96 million liters in the first 15 days of February. Of the total ethanol produced, 37.76 million liters were made from ethanol made from corn.
Source: Revista Globo Rural