LAND USE

The sugarcane sector works with stakeholders to share best practices for sustainable production. The industry employs modern agronomic management techniques to enhance productivity and protect the environment. Today, 1.2% of Brazilian territory is used to grow sugarcane of which only 0.8% is destined for sugarcane or corn ethanol production.

LAND USE IN BRAZIL

Sugarcane production needs to expand in order to meet an increasing demand for its by-products, particularly for renewable ethanol. An increase in productivity will lead to higher volumes of sugarcane, but additional land for production will also be needed. In order to reduce the impact of this growth on the environment and preserve our natural resources, effective land use planning is important.

There is an increasing demand for sugarcane products, particularly for renewable ethanol. An increase in productivity will lead to higher production volumes, but additional land may be needed, considering that sugarcane sector in Brazil uses only 1.2% of the Brazilian territory. In order to reduce the impact of this growth on the environment and preserve our natural resources, effective land use planning is important.

Sugarcane Land Use In Brazil

SUGARCANE CULTIVATION
IN BRAZIL TODAY

The total land used for sugarcane cultivation in Brazil is 10 million hectares. Of that amount, 6.7 million hectares is used to grow cane for ethanol production, an area equivalent to 0.8% of the Brazilian territory.

As highlighted by the 2019 JRC study on, the expected expansion of sugarcane will mainly take happen in degraded pasture land. The conversion of native vegetation and other croplands to sugarcane is very limited. Sugarcane is semi-perennial, meaning it only needs to be replanted every five or six years with minimum tillage, and can therefore capture larger amounts of carbon than the previous land uses, such as degraded pasture land.

The sugarcane sector works with a wide range of stakeholders to share best practices for sustainable production. The industry employs modern agronomic management techniques to enhance productivity and protect the environment. Thanks to these responsible agricultural practices, Brazilian mills have low soil erosion and minimum water use. Agrochemical use is also minimal as Brazilian sugarcane needs fewer chemicals due to the innovative use of organic fertilizers, which is created during sugarcane Processing.

Sugarcane Land Use In Brazil

SUSTAINABILITY
THE BRAZILIAN EXPERIENCE