Brazil: Lower Ethanol Production

Sugarcane Crush Also Lower

NEW YORK (DTN) -- The Union of Sugarcane Industry Association, Brazil's largest trade group for sugarcane and ethanol producers, said in its biweekly update issued today that sugarcane crushed in the country's south-central region plummeted during the first half of April.

The group, known by its Portuguese acronym UNICA, said 24.1 million tons of the crop was shipped to mills for processing during the two week ending April 30, down 9.4 million tons or 28% from same period a year ago.

As a result, millers produced 931.6 million liters for the two weeks ended April 30, down 37.7% year-on-year, and a total of 1.62 billion liters were produced during the whole month of April.

On sales, UNICA said 957 million liters of ethanol were produced in April, down 20 million or about 2% year-on-year, with most of production sold to domestic end users.

The United States is among the countries that often imports Brazilian ethanol, with most of the product from Brazil shipped to California. The latest report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration show 28,000 bpd of fuel ethanol imports to PADD West Coast during the week ended May 5.