BRAZIL: Cane producers in São Paulo see decrease in production due to climate

Published: 10/12/2017, 3:56:31 PM

Sugarcane producers in the interior part of São Paulo state recorded a decrease in production during the current harvest, influenced by long droughts in the region, according to Agroclima, newswire owned by Brazilian weather forecast company Climatempo.

"We spent more than a hundred days with drought, from May until the beginning of October," said Thiago Fernandes, from the technical department at Pedra de Serrana mill.

He expects a 5% drop in production this season, in relation to the company's first estimate for total output released in January.

"We are due to close the harvest by October 15, and we are likely to fall sharply compared to last year's harvest," said Fernandes.

Productivity has also decreased due to pest attacks and cane nutrition problems.

Alexandre Nascimento meteorologist at Climatempo said rain in the interior part of São Paulo state should only occur in the last week of October. If it rains a lot, producers might also need to pause cane crushing.