- Posted by Rafael Moro
The 2021/22 soybean crop in Mato Grosso starts in the second half of September. According to the Soja Livre Institute, the area of conventional soy must cover 356.7 thousand hectares, that is, 3.3% of the total area that will be cultivated in the state, of more than 10.4 million hectares. Conventional soy is becoming more and more a bet on a market niche.
“The European consumer market and also China – our biggest customer, are starting to demand a lot of conventional soy. It is a niche that should be strengthened for Brazilian farmers”, says Endrigo Dalcin, president of the Soja Livre Institute.
For businessman César Borges, vice-president of Caramuru Alimentos and president-elect of the Soja Livre Institute, these markets can be explored even further. “The Asian market has been served by other countries and we can conquer strongly. There are still some specification details that are being discussed by the Ministry of Agriculture, but there is room. China and Japan are the main ones, as they have a lot of purchasing power and the habit of human consumption of non-GMOs”, he says.
The international market is booming and is looking for non-genetically modified varieties, especially in European countries. For Borges, there is still work to be done on the continent, especially to bring to consumers and retailers how agriculture is done in Brazil. “It is a job of saying that there is agricultural and industrial production here, as it has been done for over 20 years, explaining how we do it and what our needs are”, he believes.
Endrigo Dalcin's concern is with the possible lack of seeds for rural producers who decide to plant conventional crops in the next harvest. "It's a cycle that still repeats itself: farmers decide to reduce the area because there is no long-term contract for the purchase of conventional soy, seed-producing companies do not have as much volume to sell, the product offer drops and the market demands more , with a consequent rise in prices and premiums. We need to align the process with all the links in the chain,” he says.
The area for planting transgenic soy has been growing since commercial planting began in Brazil in 2004. But in 2012, with the entry into the market of the RR2 technology, there was a leap – 82% of the total area was already used for planting transgenic varieties. Since then, there has been a drop in the area of conventional soybeans – from 33.2% of the area in the 2011/12 crop to the 3.3% expected in the next crop. Consumer countries, however, are increasingly demanding soy that is not genetically modified.
By: Aline Merladete | Agrolink
This text was automatically translated from Portuguese.