Brazil expected to see biggest ever harvest in 2010

8 October 2010

Brasilia, Brazil, 8 Oct – Brazil is this year expected to have its biggest ever harvest totalling 148.9 million tons, a rise of 11.1 percent on 2009, the Brazilian Geography and Statistics Institute (IBGE) said Thursday in Brasilia.

The institute raised its previous projection, published in August, which pointed to a harvest of 148 million tons of grains, leguminous and oil-producing plants this year.

If the projection is confirmed, the 2010 harvest will exceed the record posted in 2008, which was 145.9 million tons, and will be the result of a rise in production of some crops, particularly soy and maize.

In 2010 soy is expected to see total production of 68.7 million tons, a rise of 20.6 percent against last year and of 16 percent against the 2008 harvest, which totalled 59.2 million tons.

For maize, the projection is a rise of 8.5 percent, the IBGE said whilst noting a drop of 10.5 percent in this year’s rice harvest as compared to 2009.

In 2010, the south of Brazil is expected to lead production of grain, legumes and oil-producing plants, with 63.6 million tons, followed by the central-west region, with 52.2 million tons. (macauhub)