Brazil: Crop production down 7.6 percent in 2009, first drop since 2005

6 February 2009

Sao Paulo, Brazil, 06 Feb – Brazil’s crops are projected to suffer a fall of 7.6 percent to 134.7 million tonnes this year, compared to 2008, as a result of the economic crisis, said an official source on Thursday.

The Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) emphasized that it will be the first fall since 2005, when the cycle of expansion of Brazilian agricultural production began.

Among the reasons for the fall in the crops are the rise in production costs, particularly of fertilizers, and the uncertainties regarding future trade, due to the worsening international financial crisis.

Of the 25 producers studied, only seven reported a rise: beans (17.7 percent), peanuts (15 percent), papaya (14.8 percent), onion (4 percent) and rice (2.2).

Among the most marked falls were in cotton (-16.8 percent), coffee (-15.9 percent), wheat (-15.5 percent), corn (-14.8 percent), wheat (-5.1 percent) and soya (-3.6 percent).

Last year, Brazil’s crop was 145.7 million tonnes, the largest in the country’s history, a result of the increase in crop area. (macauhub)