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Brazil Expects Lower Agriculture Production in '09

posted on March 13, 2009


The Brazilian government says the nation's total crop production is expected to slip 7.3 percent this year because of unfavorable climate conditions.

The government's IBGE statistics agency says Brazil's production in 2009 is expected to be 135.3 million tons, compared to 145.8 million tons in 2008.

The agency says the lack of rain in southern Brazil is the main factor for the drop. Grains account for 90 percent of Brazil's crops and most are produced in the southern region, where output so far is down 10.8 percent compared to 2008.

IBGE's director Mauro Andreazzi said Monday the cost of harvesting also contributed to the drop.

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