Good Weather Helps Brazil to Record Grain Crop

BRAZIL – Favourable production conditions in key producing regions have pushed Brazil’s grain yields to bumper levels, lifting 6.4 per cent on the prior year.
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National production average lifted from 3.393 tonnes per hectare to 3.609 tonnes, the ministry announced on Wednesday.

New records have been set by Brazil’s 2015/16 grains harvest on the back of a 1.7 per cent rise in planted acres, taking harvested area to 58 million hectares.

A government spokesperson said: “This result shows a pattern of agricultural expansion in which the use of new technologies and knowledge are more important than growth based on increased area.”

After a long period of remaining below 1 tonne per acre, Brazil has achieved higher levels of productivity, through “research-orientated agricultural policies”, the spokesperson added.

"In recent years, especially since 1990, Brazil has gone from food importer to a major exporter of grains and meat."

Michael Priestley

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