- Posted by Marina
External sales of Brazilian agriculture grew by 17.5% by the daily average in the first four months of the year, compared to the same period last year, according to data released on Monday (04), by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (Map). Despite the pandemic of the new coronavirus, the work of opening the market for Brazilian agricultural products continues to bring good results for the country. There was an increase in exports to Asia, especially China. The share of agro in total exports went from 18.7% in 2019 to 22.9% in 2020.
The products that increased in the period were: soybeans (+ 29.9%, from US $ 8,968.3 million to US $ 11,653.7 million), raw cotton (+ 69.5%, from US $ 659.2 million to US $ 1,117.6 million), raw wood (+ 28.9%, from US $ 26.1 million to US $ 33.6 million), natural honey (+ 17.2%, from US $ 18.4 million to US $ 21.6 million), spices (+ 3.2%, from US $ 85.7 million to US $ 88.5 million).
Some agribusiness products broke monthly historical records for volume exports in April, such as soybeans, with 16.3 million tons; soybean meal, with 1.7 million tons; fresh, chilled or frozen beef, with 116 thousand tons; pork meat, with 63 thousand tons and raw cotton, with 91 thousand tons. On the other hand, there was a fall: wheat, rye and unground corn, except sweet corn, unroasted coffee, live animals, fruits and nuts.
Brazilian exports (from all sectors) to Asia rose 15.5% in the first quarter of the year, compared to the same period in 2020. The Asian market now represents 47.2% of our total exports. Despite the impact of the pandemic on the Chinese economy, Brazilian exports to China grew 11.3% in the period, with emphasis on soy (+ 28.5%), fresh, chilled or frozen beef (+ 85.9% ), fresh, chilled or frozen pork (+ 153.5%) and raw cotton (+ 79%).
The figures for the first four months show that, in dollars, China bought from Brazil three times the amount imported by the United States and twice as much demanded by the European Union.