Brazilian agricultural production to rise 5.2 percent to 140 million tonnes in 2010

8 January 2010

Sao Paulo, Brazil, 8 Jan – Brazilian agricultural production should this year rise to 140.7 million tonnes, a 5.2 percent increase over 2009, the Brazilian Geography and Statistics Institute (IBGE) has announced.

The production increase will result from the larger area planted with cereals, legume and oil-bearing crops, a total of 48.1 million hectares, 2 percent more than last year, the institute indicated on Thursday.

The IBGE’s Systematic Survey of Agricultural Production predicts that harvests will increase during the analysis period, especially of beans (17.9 percent), coffee beans (15.2 percent), soybeans (14.4 percent) and potatoes (1.0 percent).
On the downside, in 2010 harvests should be lower for peanuts (-10.6 percent), rice (-5.0 percent), maize (-3.2 percent) and cotton (-1.1 percent).

Brazil is one of the world’s top grain producers and in 2008 recorded a harvest of 145.7 million tonnes, the biggest in the country’s history. (macauhub)