Overview by AgriBrasilis (April 17th - 23rd)

Failure in negotiations between agricultural entities, government, and transporters’ union makes the transport sector strike continue. The strike is happening in protest of the lack of updating of the freight table due to the increase in fuel prices, and also for the lack of supply during the beginning of harvest. (Argentine Transporters Federation)

Developed GMO potato tolerant to water scarcity in the soil and with greater capacity for tuber production. This new variety uses copies of the BBX21 gene, extracted from the Arabidopsis thaliana flower. (Institute for Physiological and Ecological Research Related to Agriculture)

More than 8,000 families living in rural settlements receive rural property titles in the State of Minas Gerais. The event marks the beginning of the Abril Verde e Amarelo campaign, carried out to expand land tenure regularization in the country. (Ministry of Agriculture)

Agribusiness export record reaches U$ 14.53 billion in March 2022, motivated by high international food prices. Soybean-related products (grain, bran, and oil) continue to lead exports, with a record amount of US$ 7.56 billion, accounting for more than half of the exported value of agribusiness products in March. (Bureau of Commerce for International Relations of the Ministry of Agriculture)

José Ferreira Costa Neto is the president of the National Agency for Technical Assistance and Rural Extension. Costa Neto has been in charge of the Administrative, Financial, and Inspection Board of the National Supply Company (Conab) since February 2019. (Anater)

Caxias do Sul, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, now has a specific legal framework for the practice of urban agricultureThe text establishes principles for the installation and operation of community gardens in the city. (City Hall of Caxias do Sul)

General Customs Administration of China suspends for a week the purchase of meat from exporters JBS, Marfrig, and Naturafrig, affecting 4 production units in the states of Mato Grosso and São Paulo. Technicians identified the presence of coronavirus nucleic acid in the outer packaging of 4 frozen batches. (GACC)

Potato variety “Patagonia-INIA” reaches the best yields in tests carried out in Green Patagonia. Currently, the variety has 35% share in the country’s wholesale markets, which indicates high appreciation by domestic consumers. (National Institute for Agricultural Research)

Walnut farming season begins with challenges for farmers. Although they managed to maintain fruit quality despite the drought, high agriculture inputs and logistic costs combined with increased supply from the US and China, compressed global prices. FOB prices are down 5% compared to the same date last year. (ChileNuts)

Chilean Agricultural Service will verify corrective measures to open mango market from Peru. At the end of March, the Chilean government prevented the entry of fresh mangoes from Peru due to the presence of a pest called “Queresa coma” (Selenaspidus articulatus) in shipments of the fruit. Among the main corrective measures proposed by Peru’s National Agricultural Health Service are post-harvest phytosanitary assessment and post-harvest phytosanitary record assessment before shipment to the treatment and packaging plant. (Senasa; SAG)

Coffee production increased 13% in March, compared to the same month of last year, due to excessive rainfall, which affected flowering. Total production was 914,000 bags of 60 kg each. (National Federation of Coffee Growers)

Government and banana producers agree to create a contingency fund and stop new cultivations in the country, a measure to contain the sector’s crisis due to the war between Russia and Ukraine. (MAG)

Department of Agriculture, Government of Jalisco, and poultry farmers will increase biosecurity and epidemiological surveillance measures in more than 600 Livestock Production Units in the state, to eradicate low pathogenic (AH5N2) and high pathogenic (AH7N3) avian influenza in the western region of the country. (Secretary of Agriculture)

World Trade Organization released report concluding that Costa Rica breached an international agreement by imposing unjustified restrictions on avocados from Mexico. The controversy dates back to April 2015, when the Costa Rican State Phytosanitary Service suspended imports of avocados from Mexico, citing high risk due to the possible presence of the “avocado sunblotch” virus. (WTO)

Imported diesel oil for use in vehicles must be replaced by high-quality biodiesel, made locally with vegetable oil and hydrogen, by 2024. The forecast is part of the plans to replace dependence on non-renewable fuels, derived from petroleum. (Ministry of Industry and Commerce of Paraguay)

Agricultural exports reached a new record, growing 30% in the first two months of 2022 and reaching US$ 1.73 billion. Grape was the most exported product. (Exporters Association)

There’s an upward trend in sheep meat prices in 2022. Exports show a reduction in China’s share, from 86% in April 2021 to 59% this year. On the other hand, there was an increase in Brazil’s share from 8% to 13%. (Uruguayan Wool Secretariat)

Rice harvest should reach 1.4 million tons in 2022/23 in anestimated area of at 162 thousand hectares. (US Department of Agriculture)