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Seed shortage could hamper growth of wheat production in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - According to IBGE estimates, the Brazilian grain harvest will reach a record level this year. It will be nearly 259 million tons, up 2.3% from last year. Wheat, which should also accompany this progress, faces one obstacle: a shortage of seeds.

Currently, Brazil imports half of the 12 million tons it consumes. And to reduce its dependence on foreign countries, Embrapa developed a variety three decades ago that is well adapted to Brazil's Cerrado.

However, the area under cultivation is still tiny. There are 200,000 hectares of wheat grown in the Cerrado, but . . .

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