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 . . .