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Brazil heading for a record crop of 100 million tons of soybeans

Monday, February 22nd 2016 - 08:28 UTC
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As the soybean harvest gets under way in Brazil, analysts are having a clearer picture of whether the forecast record-setting crop will hit the century mark of 100 million tons despite hot and dry weather in Mato Grosso and northeastern Brazil as pods set and fill. Read full article

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  • L0B0MAU

    “Brazil is on track to thrash America as the top exporter”: Great news indeed! But where is the infrastructure and the adequate port-facilities to export efficiently and cheaply?

    Feb 22nd, 2016 - 10:50 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    Exactly. Brazil's seaport infrastructure is beyond criticism, I've been hearing talk of port improvement for more 20 years, but more specifically from the Lula-thief, who back in 2007 'invented' an investment programme known as the PAC (programme for the acceleration of growth), which in 2 phases, has cost Brazil some R$ 750 billion (USD 350 million at the exchange rate at the time), but the only thing that one can see happening, is widespread corruption and and no progress worth talking of. And meanwhile, the lousy infrastructure just contributes to increasing the cost of Brazilian exports.

    Feb 22nd, 2016 - 04:01 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Sinibaldi

    El fervor de la memoria.

    En el viñedo
    una luz
    reaparece
    como el
    canto de un
    diamante
    en el limpido
    destino.

    Francesco Sinibaldi

    Feb 22nd, 2016 - 05:22 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    Correction @ # 2

    not USD 350 million.....USD 350 BILLION at the exchange rate at the time..

    Feb 22nd, 2016 - 07:13 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Skip

    That would have been equal to 50% of the annual federal budget?

    Are you sure?

    I don't think any country could suddenly direct 50% of its budget at anything.

    Feb 23rd, 2016 - 04:24 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    @5 Skip,
    The funds mentioned were not intended to be invested in only one, or two, years. Allow me to explain :
    The 1st PAC, launched Jan 2007, outlining investments in projects (in areas of social infrastructure, i.e., popular housing & sanitation, transport & logistics, hydro-power etc) to the order of approx. R$ 600 billion ( USD 280 billion at exch rate R$ 2,14), was meant to be executed over the next 4 years (2007-10) ; in 2007, the Federal annual budget was roughly R$ 1,6 trillion (USD 747 billion).
    The 2nd PAC, signed by the Lula-thief in March 2010 (in order to leverage Dilma’s election), totaling another R$ 1,59 trillion (USD 893 billion, at exch rate R$ 1,78) contemplated investments in the same areas, and incorporated many projects already foreseen in the 1st PAC, despite the fact that 54% of all projects planned for the 1st PAC, hadn’t even started. R$ 1 trillion was supposed to be invested during Dilma’s 1st term (2011-14), the other R$ 590 billion, until 2020. The Federal annual budget for 2010 was roughly R$ 1,5 trillion (USD 843 billion - already starting to fall, in R$ ). A very ambitious plan, but if well administered could have been viable, but that wasn’t the objective, as it was mainly for show. Anyway, the true figures are far greater than those commonly used (USD 350 billion for both PAC's, due to the various ups and downs of the exchange rate), but considering 2016’s federal budget (R$ 2,95 trillion, equal to USD 740 billion), and all the waste (corruption etc), there is no more money for anything. More proof that they lied from the start and kept it up just long enough for Dilma to be re-elected...but hopefully she'll fold under the pressure.

    Feb 23rd, 2016 - 05:02 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • T_Paine

    Soy is dropping like a rock.
    It was barely profitable last year
    Maybe the price of oil is saving it but I doubt it since prices are so high in Brazil.

    Plus they've ruined their climate for a little bit of U$.

    Brazilians are like monkeys will a knife.
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/feb/18/monkey-paraiba-brazil-bar-drinks-rum-takes-knife

    Feb 24th, 2016 - 12:19 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    @7
    All the monkey wanted was to be left alone with the women.....

    Feb 24th, 2016 - 05:28 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • L0B0MAU

    “a record crop of 100 million tons of soybeans” also means the record losses due to the lack of infrastructure, lack of adequate storage & transport and a lack of the will to prevent such losses.

    Mar 02nd, 2016 - 07:17 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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