Brazil’s ethanol sector booms due to increase in corn production

Brasilia: Brazil’s ethanol sector witnessed a boom due to an increase in corn output and investments. According to a Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) report from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Brazil’s ethanol sector is performing well.

The country is likely to produce about 2.5 billion litres of corn-based ethanol in 2020-21, forecasts the Brazilian Corn Ethanol Union (UNEM).
There are 16 plants in Brazil that produce ethanol from corn. Out of these, 4 are dedicated ethanol producers from corn only and rest produces ethanol from corn as well as sugarcane.

According to the USDA, due to the availability of cheap corn in Brazil, corn-based ethanol plants are in the planning, development to construction stage, which are expected to come in the next two years.

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