Overview by AgriBrasilis (08/05 – 08/11)

Brazilian soybean export revenue should increase by 10%

According to the secretary of agriculture, Juan Bahillo, Argentina is free of cases of avian flu after measures to fight 18 outbreaks in commercial farms. The first case of the disease in a commercial farm in the country was detected in February, interrupting chicken meat exports for a month. (Department of Agriculture)

Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Carlos Fávaro, announced the federal government will buy milk from local farmers, paying retail prices. This is an emergency measure that seeks to help farmers who are being harmed by strong competition from Mercosur countries. (MAPA)

Soybean export revenue should increase by 10%. A survey by the Brazilian Association of Vegetable Oil Industries estimates that Brazil should harvest 157 million tonnes of soybean during the 2022/23 season. (Abiove)

Senate’s Agriculture and Agrarian Reform Committee postponed the analysis of Bill 2903/2023, which deals with the framework for the demarcation of indigenous lands. The proposal was on the Agriculture Commission’s voting agenda, to be discussed on August 09th, but now the topic should be analyzed next week. (CRA)

More than 3500 people visited the 2023 Andav Congress during the first day of the event. It is estimated that during the three days of the event, that took place between August 8th and 10th, more than 10,000 people visited. (Zest Eventos)

Ministries of Agriculture and Health are coordinating actions to prevent and control the entry of the giant African snail (Lissachatina fulica) in the country. The pest causes significant damage to agriculture and the environment and may also carry parasites that endanger human health. According to the Agricultural and Livestock Service, two cases of illegal entry of the snail in Chile were detected, and this caused the declaration of a phytosanitary alert in the country. (SAG)

Regarding the effects of the El Niño climate phenomenon on the inflation rates of Latin American countries, Antonio Gabriel, Latin America strategist at Bank of America, said that “Colombia and Peru are the most exposed countries, followed by Chile and Brazil to a lesser extent”. According to him, the estimate is that the El Niño would be “at least of moderate intensity in 2023”. If El Niño reached severe intensity, it is estimated that inflation would increase by up to 2.5% in Colombia and 1.5% in Peru. (Bank of America)

Mexico is facing an extreme drought, causing crop failures, water shortages and rising food prices. For this reason, the Mexican government decided to “create rain” through a technique that aims to increase rainfall. “This has a controversial history, because it’s very difficult to prove what you’re doing from a scientific point of view,” according to Roelef Bruintjes, a scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. The project involves the spraying of silver iodide particles into clouds using airplanes. “Our projects were all successful”, according to a note from Startup Renaissance, a “rain stimulation” company that has participated in this project since 2020. (Startup Renaissance; NCAR)

According to the president-elect of Paraguay, Santiago Peña, Mercosur needs to be “more open”. Peña said that Paraguay “is in the middle of two very large economies and this is also the case with Uruguay. When the president of Uruguay says that he could negotiate separately with China, what he does is raise his voice and say: either we make Mercosur more flexible, or we will have to go in search of other markets”. In July, the current president of Paraguay, Abdo Benítez, ratified Paraguay’s commitment to the trade bloc and presented the elected president at the Mercosur Summit held in Argentina. Peña will be sworn in on August 15th. (Government of Paraguay; Mercosur)

Minister of Agrarian Development and Irrigation, Nelly Paredes del Castillo, said that more than 17,000 veterinary kits have been delivered to ranchers in the south of the country, mainly to those that raise cattle, goats, sheep, and camelids (llamas and alpacas). Veterinary kits contain antiparasitic products, antibiotics and supplies for the prevention of infectious and parasitic diseases. (Midagri)


Booming Hass Avocado Market in Brazil