Brazil: Grain harvest totals record 143.8 million tonnes

9 September 2008

Sao Paulo, Brazil, 9 Sept – The Brazilian grain harvest saw an increase of 9.2 percent this year to 143.8 million tonnes, the biggest ever in the country’s history, supply company, Companhia Nacional de Abastecimento (Conab) said Monday.

Figures from Conab, a state company linked to the Ministry of Agriculture, showed that the result could increase as the maize harvest from northeast Brazil had yet to be considered.

The record total is due to na increase in the sown area and favourable weather conditions in the field, said the president of Conab, Wagner Rossi.

The total cultivated area rose from 46.21 million hectares in the previous harvest to a current 47.36 million hectares, with increases particularly in the centre and south of Brazil.

The maize harvest was particularly successful this year as kit saw a rise of 14 percent to 58.59 million tonnes against 2007.

Wheat production totalled 3.82 million tonnes, a rise of 71.2 percent, whilst the soy harvest rose 2.8 percent to 60 million tonnes.

The biggest agricultural producers in Brazil are the states of Paraná (21.1 percent), Mato Grosso (19.7 percent), Rio Grande do Sul (15.6 percent) and Goiás (9.1 percent). (macauhub)