How wheat could become Brazil’s new export commodity

It is estimated that there is potential for up to 22 million hectares of additional wheat cultivation nationwide. To meet domestic demand, the expansion of cultivation from the southern states of the country into the Cerrado region is seen as an alternative.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In one of the country's largest agricultural cooperatives, Cotrijal, in the most Southern state Rio Grande do Sul, wheat is keeping producers busier than ever.

After a summer of severe drought that affected soybean and corn crops in the state, the lands of nearly 19,000 member farms are preparing for winter planting, with an expected growth of at least 20% of the area dedicated to cereals.

"The most important thing that influences the grower's decision is the market. We are less dependent on the government, and the wheat market suggests attractive prices," said . . .

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