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Goiás leads sunflower production in Brazil

Posted by Rafael Moro

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Producers from Goiás have been betting on sunflower as a second crop for the 2020/2021 season. The expectation is that the State consolidates itself as the first place in the national ranking of the grain, with the production of 33.8 thousand tons, which represents an increase of 2.7% compared to the previous harvest. The data are from the 7th survey of the 2020/2021 harvest, released by the National Supply Company (Conab), this Thursday (04/08).

The increase is explained in part by the growth of the planted area, which should reach 20 thousand hectares (increase of 2%), and productivity, which is estimated at 1.7 tons per hectare (increase of 0.5%). According to Conab, planting in the state has already been concluded and the cultivars used are quite efficient in emitting roots when in adverse weather conditions. The harvest is scheduled for the end of June and beginning of July.

In the assessment of the Secretary of State for Agriculture, Livestock and Supply, Antônio Carlos de Souza Lima Neto, the position of leader in national production, which is estimated for Goiás, contributes to the state's economy on several fronts. "Our producers have an active industry in the state that buys this production for the production of oil, especially in the south of the state, and this heats up the demand for the crop, making it a good alternative for the second crop that was recently planted", he assesses.

For the secretary, these favorable scenario conditions in the State of Goiás contribute to the generation of employment in the countryside and in the city, especially in industry. “It generates wealth and support for several families. That's why this diversification is very important. We have excellent numbers in the production of soy and corn, which are the mainstays of the economy, but it is interesting to note this investment in other crops as it leverages the growth of other activities throughout the state.”

According to data from the latest municipal survey, carried out by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), the largest sunflower producers in the state are the municipalities of Piracanjuba, Vianopolis and Caldas Novas.

In the country, production should reach 50.4 million tons, a 32% decline. The total planted area is 30.9 thousand hectares. In addition to Goiás, sunflower is only produced in Mato Grosso, Minas Gerais and Rio Grande do Sul.

By: Eliza Maliszewski | Agrolink

This text was automatically translated from Portuguese.