Five crops occupy 70% of Brazil’s agricultural area, says Imaflora

In all years between 1985 and 2017, rice, sugarcane, beans, corn, and soy always occupied at least 70% of the total area under cultivation.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In an unprecedented study, the Institute for Forest and Agricultural Management and Certification (Imaflora) finds that Brazilian agricultural production has a strong concentration in a few crops.

The survey "Food Production in Brazil: Geography, Chronology, and Evolution" analyzed the period between 1985 and 2017.

In all years evaluated in the survey, five items - rice, sugarcane, beans, corn, and soybeans - always occupied at least 70% of the total area under cultivation in the country.

In the 2000s, soy gained a prominent role and overtook corn as the main Brazilian agricultural crop. In 2017, the oilseed occupied 43 . . .

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