August 18, 2020


Brazil sees record wheat crop, significant import reduction


The current wheat crop (2019/20) of Brazil has the potential to be a record, resulting in import reduction, according to Brazil's National Supply Company (Conab), MercoPress reported.


The agency believes that production should reach 6.8 million tonnes, 21.2% more than in the previous harvest.


Based on this information, Conab reduced its estimate of cereal imports from 7.3 million to 6.7 million tonnes for the season in a report released on Tuesday.


On August 7 Moinho Globo's supply manager, Rui Santos, stated that Paraná will have a record harvest, surpassing the 2014 season, when 3.79 million tonnes were produced.


Officially, the Department of Rural Economy (Deral), of the Parana State Agriculture and Supply Secretariat, predicts 3.69 million tonnes, 72% above the 2.14 million produced last season which suffered from a dry climate.


In Rio Grande do Sul, production is expected to exceed three million tonnes according to Hamilton Jardim, president of the State Chamber of Winter Crops. This is because the manager believes that an area 930,000 hectares are dedicated to wheat, exceeding the area planted in the previous season by 22.2%. "The drought delayed planting at the beginning of the season, but losses have not yet been recorded," he said.