Brazil, one of the largest food producers in the world, plans to collect an agricultural harvest of 245.2 million tons in 2020, which represents a historical volume and 1.5% above the record reached in 2019, despite the pandemic of the coronavirus, the government reported on Thursday.
The projection of the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) was carried out in March, when the first restriction measures began to be implemented in Brazil to contain the advance of the coronavirus, which has already left 800 dead and nearly 16,000 confirmed cases in the country. .
Despite the expected record, the new estimate by the state agency for the country’s harvest of cereals, legumes and oilseeds is 1.6% lower than the projection presented in February.
According to Ibge, soybean, corn and rice production, the country’s three main crops, will represent 93.1% of all agricultural production this year and will account for 87.3% of the total area to be harvested. .
Regarding production, the IBGE estimates an increase of 6.4% in the soybean harvest, which should total 120.7 million tons, and 3.6% in the rice harvest, with a total of 10 , 6 million tons to be collected.
On the other hand, the corn harvest should register a fall of 3.5% (97 million tons), while that of herbaceous cotton will fall 2.1%, to 6.7 million tons.
“The pandemic faced by the world did not affect the situation of the Brazilian harvest,” the National Supply Company (Conab) reported in a report on Thursday.
In 2019, Brazil’s agricultural production exceeded that of 2018 (226.5 million tons) by 6.6%, as well as that of 2017 (238.4 million tons), which until now was the highest ever recorded in the history of the country.
According to the IBGE study, production will again reach record figures this year thanks to the 1.7% expansion in the area to be harvested, which will go from 63.2 million hectares in 2019 to 64.3 million hectares in 2020.
The Institute projected an increase of 1.9% in the harvested area of corn, 2.4% in soybeans, and 1.1% in cotton, while the area devoted to rice cultivation will decrease 1 , 6%.
Already for coffee, Brazil, the world’s largest producer and exporter of the grain, expects a production of 3.5 million tons (or 57.6 million 60-kilo bags) in 2020, representing a growth of 15.4 % of the total produced in 2019.