Brazil’s CS sugar output rises with dry weather

Brazil's main cane belt produced more than 3 million tonnes of sugar in the first half of July, the largest two-week amount since the harvest began in April, as unusually dry weather sped up processing and boosted sugar concentration in cane.

Sugar production in Brazil's center-south area reached 3.10 million tonnes in the period, compared with 2.97 million tonnes in the second half of June and 2.84 million tonnes early in July last year, cane industry group Unica said on Tuesday. Mills in the center-south, the world's largest producing region of the sweetener, crushed 47.83 million tonnes of cane versus 47.55 million tonnes in the second half of June. It said the near-absence of rain in the first half of July helped accelerate the pace of operations.

(Source: Reuters)