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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Sugar production and ethanol exports increased sharply in Brazil in September as mills enter the final weeks of the current season, but the extremely dry weather started to hit cane agricultural yields, industry group Unica said on Friday, October 9th.

Brazil's center-south sugar output reached 2.86 million tonnes in the second half of September, 59 percent more than in the same period a year earlier, as mills sharply favor the sweetener in their production strategies at the expense of ethanol. Plants crushed 14% more cane in the period, or 40.22 million tonnes . . .

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