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Notícias América Latina /News on Latin American agribusiness sobre o agronegócio

Avian Influenza Strikes Latin American Countries

According to a report from HedgePoint Global Markets, the Argentine agricultural season is going through a period of crisis. “…one of the consequences of the harvest delay is that there may still be time to avoid greater losses. By this we do not mean the harvest will be good. That is already past. However, the recent rains have helped and the NDVI improved in the southern departments”, say the company’s analysts. (HedgePoint Global Markets)

Mexico authorized the entry of boneless and matured beef from 22 slaughterhouses in Argentina. From January to November, Argentina exported 825,386 tonnes of beef, of which 76.5% were destined for the Chinese market. (Government of Argentina)

Confirmed avian influenza in a farm in the city of Sacaba, in Cochabamba Department. National Service of Agricultural Health and Food Safety declared a health emergency, establishing containment measures focused on controlling and eradicating the disease. (Senasag)

Soybean harvest in State of Paraná is estimated at 20.7 million tonnes for the 2022/23 season, down from the previous estimate of 21.4 million. Estimatives may be reduced again because of drought impacts that hit crops in December. (Department of Rural Economy)

Eduardo Kerbauy will be New Holland’s new vice-president for Latin America, replacing Rafael Miotto, who will assume the presidency of CNH Industrial for the region. (New Holland; CNH Industrial)

First shipment of Brazilian corn, containing 68 thousand tonnes, arrived at the port of Dongguan, in China. It was imported by Cofco and is the result of a trade opening agreement between the two countries. Ma Tongchao, head of corn business, said he hopes to strengthen China-Brazil agricultural cooperation and that the company is willing to import high-quality Brazilian products. (Cofco International)

Fast increase of reports of Asian rust in soybean farming states and cities. 119 reports of the disease were recorded in the 2022/23 season. Soybean Asian rust is present in nine Brazilian states, with 79% of occurrences in commercial crops during the grain filling phase. In the same period during the last season, 59 cases were recorded. (Consórcio Antiferrugem)

Agriculture and Livestock Federation of the State of São Paulo – Faesp requested support from the government to contain avian influenza in the State of São Paulo. “The recent outbreaks of the disease reported in South America are causing concern in the productive sector. After all, it is an exotic disease in Brazil, a disease of high pathogenicity and that, in the event of an outbreak, can cause significant damage to agriculture in the State of São Paulo and in the entire country”, advised Fábio de Salles Meirelles, president of Faesp. (Faesp)

Arara Seed, a platform for collective agribusiness investments, received a US$ 98.91 thousand investment from Rural Ventures, a venture capital company focused on startups. US$ 590 million are expected after six funding rounds. (Arara Seed; Rural Ventures)

Cooperativa Central Gaúcha released a joint work of 21 cooperatives from the State of Rio Grande do Sul that reports on the weighted average of losses because of the drought in the State. Rainfed corn, the most affected crop, accounts for losses of 53%. In soybean, losses reached 16%. (CCGL)

In the State of Rio Grande do Sul, soybean prices underwent another significant drop as a result of supply increase. Resumption of Chinese demand after the Lunar New Year holiday was not enough to increase prices. (TF Agroeconômica)

Brazilian Machinery and Equipment Industry Association imports reached US$ 24.886 billion in 2022, a 13.8% increase compared to the previous year. (Abimaq)

Chilean Agricultural Service confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza in a pelican found on a beach in the Boca de Itata sector, in the Ñuble region, after laboratory analysis. The virus continues to move south in the country in wild birds, but has not yet affected domestic or industrial poultry. (SAG)

Rovensa, a global leader in agricultural inputs for sustainable agriculture, announced that it has completed the acquisition of MIP Agro, a leading company in biocontrol and biostimulants in Chile. (Rovensa; MIP Agro)

INIA researchers are developing an algorithm that can predict agricultural droughts up to three months in advance, using satellite images and artificial intelligence. According to researchers, the tool has 95% assertiveness. (INIA)

Colombia was the sixth main importer of Brazilian coffee in 2022, having purchased 1.721 million bags, 48.1% higher volume compared to 2021. (Pharos Consultoria)

Ecuador plans to vaccinate more than 2 million birds against avian flu. The vaccination process will start in the next two months. Four million doses will be imported through a partnership with Mexico. (Ministry of Agriculture)

Confirmed the presence of three highly pathogenic avian influenza cases in wild birds in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, province of Limón. Birds were transferred to the quarantine area. (Senasa)

Brazilian Embassy in Mexico City and the Mexican Secretariat of Agriculture and Rural Development – Sader signed a work strategy agreement to strengthen and streamline agri-food trade between the two countries. Sader indicated that the objective is to progressively strengthen the presence of Mexican products in South America, with emphasis on avocado, lemon and asparagus. (Sader)

Fungus Cladosporium sp. harmed tangerine exports to the USA in 2022.  The parasite damages the tangerine peel because of the appearance of brown spots. Retracted demand and a greater volume of tangerines on the market caused the amount of fruit stored to increase, intensifying the appearance of the fungus and leading to the disposal of large amounts of tangerines. (Procitrus)

Minerva Foods announces the acquisition of slaughterhouse Breeders and Packers Uruguay, a subsidiary of NH Foods Group, for approximately US$40 million. (Minerva Foods)


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