Petrobras Developed Technology for Sugar Cane Production

Source: www.gulfoilandgas.com 11/28/2013, Location: South America

Petrobras and Embrapa are developing new technology for sugar cane production. The project will generate knowledge for the expansion of sugar cane production for the ethanol market.

In Sao Luiz Gonzaga (Rio Grande do Sul state), Petrobras and Embrapa signed a technical cooperation agreement for technology development aimed at sugar cane production in Rio Grande do Sul. Backed by the investment of R$ 5.5 million, the project objective is to generate knowledge for increasing the production of sugar cane for the ethanol market, thereby contributing to the development of the state’s sugar-based agribusiness.

The project, entitled "Technology for the sugar cane production system in the state of Rio Grande do Sul - Siscana RS" has been approved by the ANP (Brazil’s oil, gas and biofuel regulator) and will be funded by Petrobras, with the technical and scientific support of its Research Center (Cenpes). Coordinating and carrying out the R & D project will be conducted by Embrapa’s Temperate Climate Agricultural Research Center, located in the municipality of Pelotas (Rio Grande do Sul state).

In the opinion of Petrobras Biocombust?vel CEO Miguel Rossetto, the partnership is a milestone for ethanol production in the state, which still imports the product to meet its own needs. He said, "We produce oil and biofuels and are working to supply the market. This project is in alignment with our strategy for the regional production of biofuels and our investments in research are aimed at acquiring the knowledge that will enable us to more confidently analyze future investments."

The study will evaluate varieties of sugar cane that are better adapted to the soil and climate in this state state, taking into consideration the issues of productivity, pest resistance and tolerance to cold and drought. The project also aims to develop and recommend a production system model based on studies of fertilization and planting periods, among other regional factors. In addition, it will provide an agroclimatic zoning for cane sugar in a temperate climate.

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