Brazil to Produce More Sugar, Less Ethanol

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Brazil’s sugarcane production will rise 6.5 percent this year but ethanol output will slump 5.22 percent as a greater focus is put on exporting sugar, the agriculture ministry said Wednesday.

Data from the national crop-forecasting agency Conab said sugarcane production in the world’s leading producer could reach 595.13 million tons during the 2012-2013 harvest, up from 560.36 million in 2011-2012.

“Improved weather conditions from the second half of the year in the main producing areas, such as the central-south, makes possible an increased volume of sugarcane for the milling season,” an official report said.

The sugarcane is predominantly used for either sugar production or for making ethanol.

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