The amount of sugarcane processed by the Central South region’s production units reached 37.47 million tons in the first half of October. Accumulated from the beginning of the 2019/2020 harvest until October 16, the milling totaled 510.26 million tons, compared to 485.97 million tons in the same period last year – up 5.00%. According to UNICA technical director Antonio de Padua Rodrigues, in 2018 spring rains were anticipated and compromised the operation of the harvest, reducing the use of grinding. “On the other hand, the 2019 climate condition has ensured a better operating yield in the last fortnight, allowing the crop to advance in relation to the rates observed in the last agricultural cycle,” he concluded.
In fact, the information gathered so far reveals an anticipation of the end of the 2019/2020 crop. By October 16 of this year, 25 South Central units had closed the crop, against 20 plants by the same date of 2018. In turn, these 25 companies recorded a 13.5% retraction in the milling. In the second half of the month, another 41 units are expected to complete the activities of this cycle, compared to only 32 in 2018.
Source: Unica