China, the second-largest buyer of soy in the world wants an end to intermediation by US multinational companies working in the sector and plans to invest purchasing directly from farmers in Mato Grosso and another five states in Brazil, according to the Brazilian press.
Chinese investments are expected in factories for crushing of oil-producing beans, docks for ships, infrastructure, logistics, silos and acquisition of agricultural land.
As well as Mato Grosso, the Chinese plan to invest in Bahia, Santa Catarina, Goiás, Rio Grande do Sul and Tocantins in order to increase their presence in the production chain starting in Brazil.
The Mato Grosso area is expected to play a fundamental role in that expansion. Mato Gross is the largest producer of soy in Brazil and may be the target of investments to acquire land and purchase soy directly.
In the state of Goiás China plans to invest 12 billion Real, which will be used to recover rundown areas, buy 6 million tons per year and improve facilities to transport grains and oil seeds.
Another example of China’s intent is underway in the state of Bahia, where 4 billion Real are to be invested in buying soy and setting up industries to process the produce, according to Folha de São Paulo.
Meanwhile, a newspaper from Florianópolis, in the southern state of Santa Catarina, reported that a mission from the Chinese province of Hebei had been to the region and visited experimental soy, maize and cotton production fields in that state.