- Posted by Mateus Ramos
Global production of certified soy reached 4.6 million tonnes in 2020, up 15% from 2019, the Round Table on Responsible Soy Association (RTRS) said on Wednesday, which projects a further increase in 2021.
"RTRS certified soy production continues to grow around the world. With much effort, despite the pandemic, agriculture manages to stand out. The balance of last year proves this trend," said the RTRS in a note.
According to the external consultant of RTRS in Brazil, Cid Sanches, sustainability combined with the traceability of the entire production chain are the key to these results.
In 2020, Brazil (the largest global producer and exporter) continued to lead the list of countries with the highest production of certified soy, with approximately 3.7 million tons of the total. The country, however, produced about 125 million tonnes of oilseed last year.
Other countries with relevance to RTRS soy are: Paraguay, Argentina and Uruguay, the organization said.
In the last quarter of 2020, 11 new producers certified their production in Brazil and Argentina for the first time, totaling 286,588 tons of certified grains.
In Brazil, among the new certified producers, the association highlighted the Hervalense Group, which produces more than 90 thousand tons of certified soy in an area of 23,709 hectares in the State of Mato Grosso.
"The expectation is that in 2021 the volume of certified soy production will continue to grow in the order of 15% to 20%, boosting good agricultural practices ...", said Sanches.
Obtaining the RTRS seal is the guarantee of the commitment of several companies with greater sustainability, transparency and traceability throughout the soy value chain.
The global platform RTRS, responsible for auditing the crops, provides premiums paid on the price of soybeans to farmers who follow the high environmental and social rigidities required by the system.
By: Roberto Samora | Notícias Agrícolas
This text was automatically translated from Portuguese.