Overview by AgriBrasilis (02/11 - 02/17)

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

Confirmed cases of avian flu in Argentina and Uruguay

Soybean and corn harvest estimatives decrease because of the worst drought recorded in the past 60 years. New forecast is 42.5 million tonnes for corn and 34.5 million tonnes for soybean. Yield reached the fourth worst level in 15 years, at 6.41 tonnes/hectare. (Rosario Stock Exchange)

Corn planting for the 2022/23 harvest reached 99.1%. Planted area is estimated at 7.1 million hectares. (Buenos Aires Grain Exchange)

Ministry of Agriculture informs that barley milling for malting reached a record volume of 1.116 million tonnes in 2022. Growth in barley industrialization is a consequence of the historic production achieved in the 2021/22 harvest. (Ministry of Agriculture)

Confirmed the detection of the avian influenza virus in wild birds in the province of Jujuy. Government declared a state of sanitary emergency. “…we all know that the most common way of entry is through migratory birds, so it’s difficult to control…”, said Agriculture Secretary Juan José Bahillo. (Ministry of Agriculture)

Confederation of Agriculture and Livestock of Brazil estimates agribusiness GDP growth of 2.5% in 2023. In 2022, the sector’s exports reached US$ 159.1 billion. (CNA)

Ministry of Agriculture seized 16,000 liters of adulterated orange juice in the State of Santa Catarina. Fines can reach US$ 28.64 thousand per fraudulent lot. (MAPA)

421 thousand tonnes of chicken meat were exported in January, a record because of the avian flu, that causes low supply of the product in the world market. Brazil, so far, remains disease free. Despite the increase in revenue, production costs have pressured the sector. (Brazilian Animal Protein Association)

Mata Nativa BR will invest US$ 5.24 million to recover forests. The amount will be used for environmental compensation and regularization projects in farms in the State of São Paulo. (Mata Nativa BR)

Investments of approximately US$ 2.86 billion per year are necessary to prevent grain storage deficit from worsening in Brazil. Deficit is estimated at 117 million tonnes for the current harvest. The 2022/23 Harvest Plan released US$ 980 thousand for investment in warehouses. (Sectorial Chamber of Grain Storage Equipment)

Sugarcane Industry Union states that rains are favoring the development of sugarcane fields for the 2023/24 season, that officially starts in April. According to a statement from Unica, “the rainfall that has been happening in recent months, especially in December and January, contributes to the good development of the farms and raises favorable expectations for the harvest”. (Unica)

Brazilian corn exports from January and February 2023 have already doubled when compared to the 2022 values for the same period. Revenue increase of 150%. The figures refer to the total of January and the first week of February. (AgroExport; Secex)

Ordinance No. 538/2022, published by MAPA, that regulates the production and use of seeds, updates normatives for the “own use” of seeds and seedlings as of March 1st, 2023. “Declaration of own use” is mandatory, assuring good functioning of the National System of Seeds and Seedlings, established by Law 10.711/2003. It became mandatory to communicate, within 90 days after the harvest, the final weight of seeds reserved for planting in the following season. (Ministry of Agriculture)

Because of the cases of avian flu in South America, the State of Paraná requested for the Ministry of Agriculture to transform the State, or even the entire Southern region, into an autonomous unit, as happened in the case of swine fever, when Paraná was recognized as an autonomous area and as a disease-free zone. “…we need to evolve towards a technical-political decision with the Executive to constitute either Paraná or the South of the country, where 70% of the national poultry farming is located, in an autonomous unit, isolated from the rest of Brazil. If, for example, the virus enters the Amazon, it lowers our status in the perspective of the world”, said the secretary of Agriculture and Supply of Paraná, Norberto Ortigara. (Secretary of Agriculture and Supply of Paraná)

The city of Punta Arenas, in the extreme south, declared a state of water deficit emergency. Drought has seriously affected vegetable farmers and ranchers in the region. “In 2022, Punta Arenas had its driest year in 52 years,” said Nicolas Butorovic, a climatologist at the Universidad Regional de Magallanes. (Regional University of Magalhães)

Government is investigating the National Federation of Coffee Growers after the group lost millions in futures trading. Possible administrative omissions may have caused damages of up to US$ 120 million, that affected the coffers of the National Coffee Fund. The situation caused the departure of Roberto Velez, who led the FNC. A successor has not yet been chosen. (Comptroller General of the Union of Colombia)

Two agricultural and agroforestry systems have been recognized as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. “The designation of these sites in Ecuador boosts women’s empowerment, as 80% of them are managed by indigenous women…” said María Helena Semedo, FAO Deputy Director General. (FAO)

Promoted greater opening of the market for pork from Brazil, allowing Brazilian product in natura imports, without the need for thermal processing. Raw meat, whole or in pieces, including mechanically separated meat and bacon, may be sold. Previous restrictions only allowed meat processing companies to import Brazilian beef. Now, imports can be carried out by supermarket chains, trading companies or direct importers. (Secretary of Commerce and International Relations)

Canceled deadline for banning GMO corn used in animal feed or for industrial processing amid trade tensions with the US. Plans were maintained to ban the use of the grain for human consumption, in addition to the glyphosate herbicide, by January 2024. Mexico purchases approximately 17 million tonnes/year of GMO yellow corn from the US, most of which is used for animal feed. (Ministry of Economy)

Agribusiness product exports reached a record of US$ 10.421 billion in 2022, a growth of 13.6% compared to 2021. (Ministry of Agriculture)

Confirmed cases of avian flu in wild birds in the region of Lagoa Garzón, in the southeast of the country. (Animal Health Division)


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