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Colombia’s coffee sector seen needing complete overhaul

Bogota | Reuters –– Colombia’s coffee sector needs a complete overhaul to recover from a huge loss of global market share, says a government-commissioned report, seen by Reuters, in which the recommendations include deregulation of exports and the introduction of a minimum price. Despite the undisputed quality of its mild arabica coffees, Colombia now supplies

China, South Africa suspend Brazil beef over BSE doubt

China and South Africa informed Brazil on Thursday that they were suspending imports of beef from the world’s biggest exporter of the meat, following a case of atypical BSE that was confirmed last week, Brazilian agriculture ministry officials said. Including Japan, which suspended imports on Monday, three countries have now restricted purchases of beef from


Brazil on the offensive to clear name over BSE

Brazil is launching a diplomatic offensive to defend its huge beef industry and clarify details of an "atypical case" of BSE that prompted its top customer, Russia, to consider import restrictions after Japan suspended purchases altogether. The 13-year-old cow kept for breeding purposes died of other causes in 2010 and never developed the disease, technically

The long, brutal haul from farm to port in Brazil

Reuters / When Marcondes Mendonça hauls corn from Brazil’s Farm Belt to port in the distant south, the young trucker prays for protection from gaping potholes and dangerous drivers, and dreads the squalid toilets on the seven-day journey ahead. He also braces for other hassles: traffic bottlenecks, backlogs at port and a stifling bureaucracy. Overwhelmed

If you think you have a long haul to the elevator…

When Marcondes Mendonça hauls corn from Brazil’s farm belt to port in the distant south, the young trucker prays for protection from gaping potholes and dangerous drivers, and dreads the squalid toilets on the seven-day journey ahead. He also braces for other hassles: traffic bottlenecks, backlogs at port and stifling bureaucracy that increasingly slow goods


Brazil Farms Poised For Record Investment Boom

Brazilian farmers are spending like never before on farm equipment, fertilizer and other investments, a possible sea change in rural sentiment that could boost long-term output in a country that barely scratches the surface of its agricultural potential. An unprecedented $122 billion is expected to flow into the farm sector this year, up 12 per

Brazil Turns And Backs French Commodity Proposal

Brazil has come around to back France’s proposal for increased regulation of commodity markets which have bumped food prices to record highs this year, the agricultural giant’s farm minister said April 7. France is seeking the support of the G20 group of wealthy and developing economies for a series of reforms intended to help stabilize

Brazil Farmers Mass In Protest Of Forest Regulations

Thousands of Brazilian farmers demonstrated in the country’s capital demanding an end to decades of legal uncertainty over the amount of forest they must conserve. Under a 1965 forestry code, ranchers and farmers must maintain 35 per cent forest coverage in the cerrado, or savanna; 80 per cent in the Amazon; and 20 per cent


Spoiled Beans Highlight Brazil’s Inflation Challenge

One bad harvest of beans in Brazil is causing massive headaches for new President Dilma Rousseff and showing just how difficult it is for policy-makers worldwide to combat a recent jump in food inflation. The retail price of beans – a staple that many Brazilians consume in virtually every meal – went up more than

Brazil To Produce GMO-Free Soy Seed

World No. 2 soy grower Brazil has launched a program to produce more GMO-free seed as modified varieties marketed by multinational biotech firms are squeezing out the conventional type. The program will focus on Brazil’s top soy state, Mato Grosso, and comes in response to growers’ increasing difficulty in finding sufficient conventional soy seed to