Brazil’s agricultural harvest is expected to be second-highest ever this year

9 June 2010

Sao Paulo, Brazil, 9 June – Brazil is this year expected to see an agricultural harvest of 145.8 million tons, a rise of 8.8 percent against 2009 and just under the record set in 2008 (145.9 million tons), officials said in Brasilia Tuesday.

The Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) lowered its previous projection published in April, which forecast a record harvest of 146.2 million tons of grain, leguminous and oil-producing plants.

The revised forecast was due to the negative effect of the weather in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, on the border with Uruguay, one of the main Brazilian grain producers.

This year’s agricultural harvest will be distributed across the regions of the South (62.2 million tons), Central-West (51.1 million), Southeast (16.5 million), Northeast (12.1 million) and North (3.8 million), of the country. (macauhub)