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Repeating the scenario of the first four months of last year, cellulose and soybeans were consolidated as the main products exported by Mato Grosso do Sul, between January and April 2020. Data from the Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade, point out that the oilseed alone moved more than $ 524 million. According to the Association of Soy and Corn Producers of MS (Aprosoja / MS), the pandemic did not prevent the advance of commercialization and agriculture will be support for several other activities.
"The resumption is already taking place. The rural sector has not stopped producing in this quarantine period and all parts of pre and post-planting are in operation, contributing to several sectors to continue operating. We believe that we are in full swing", explains the President of Aprosoja / MS, André Figueiredo Dobashi, when considering climatic factors as challenges for crops.
According to Renata Farias Ferreira da Silva, an economist at Aprosoja / MS, in April this year there was an increase in soybean exports of around 104 thousand tons, an increase of 15% compared to March. Compared to April 2019, the increase was even greater, at 38%. "Mato Grosso do Sul tends to have lower export rates in the months after March, this does not demonstrate a market in crisis, just a trend already known due to external factors, such as weather and the beginning of the off-season. But in 2020 we face a increase in exports, a fact that demonstrates a sector in full activity and with positive perspectives of serving the domestic and foreign market ", points out Renata.
As for corn, according to Aprosoja / MS, the drop in exports was not surprising, due to the strong movement that occurred even in 2019. "The historical analysis of the curve shows that the year of 2019 was a record in export, with 2.65 million tons shipped abroad, while in 2018 we grew to only 594 thousand tons exported. Given this high export in 2019, there was no significant stock to be exported in early 2020 and we should only resume this export after the harvest of the 2nd corn crop which is under development ", explains Renata.
In Dobashi's assessment, if the rainy season continues, as it happened in the last few days, despite the planted area having been smaller, we can have a restoration of productivity, which still depends on the absence of frosts that harm the end of the harvest.