Costlier Fertilizer May Harm Brazil’s Sugarcane and Coffee Crops

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    Fertilizer High prices for soy and corn are spurring Brazilian farmers to plant more and the Brazilian fertilizer industry is expecting a record volume sales year. Fertilizers high cost, however, could have an impact for some crops in Brazil.

    Mário Barbosa, president of Brazil's National Association for Distribution of Fertilizers (ANDA), said demand could surpass 26 million tons this year, compared with 24.6 million in 2007.

    "We've been estimating growth of 5 or 6% up to now, but the decisive months are July and August when we'll have a clearer idea of how things are," said Barbosa, who is also president of Bunge Fertilizantes, the largest distributor of fertilizers in Brazil.

    Barbosa said his estimate was conservative and had been revised upward after record fertilizer sales in the first half of the year. Sales rose to 11.3 million tons compared with 9.39 million in the first half of 2007, a 20% rise.

    Though fertilizer costs have risen sharply in the last year depending on the crop and the soil it is grown in, the sharp rise in grains prices has cushioned the blow. But coffee and sugar cane growers say they are struggling with rising costs.

    "In the case of sugar cane and coffee, it is quite probably that there will be a reduction in fertilizer use," said Barbosa.

    Imports of fertilizer, which supply the bulk of Brazil's needs, rose in the first half of the year to meet demand. Domestic production has also increased.

    "The industry (in Brazil) is working to capacity. We'll only see large growth in national production in 2010 when several projects come on line," Barbosa said, referring to Bunge's own planned investments to raise output.

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    • Marissa

      Brazil
      Hey,
      ok By 😀 😮

    • Dominican Girls

      Caribbean Dating
      People have different tastes. If you taste a food from other countries and if you don’t like the taste of the food, just try not to spit it out infront of the person who gave it to you. Hold your stomach, smile, turn and walk slowly towards the comfort room release it in there. Don’t discrimate. Respect their food and they respect yours.. But if it’s intentionally cooked bad to make you feel sick, well you know what to do! 😉

    • AUGUSTUS

      LEGAL CROOKS @ SWISS HEAVEN TROUBLES @ THE HOME OF BRAZILÀ¢€™S SWISS CRITICS
      We must not tolerate the unrelenting hatred which is vomited everywhere here by a vile insensitive person from SWITZERLAND. As such, we must be aware of some of their problems, issues (and in some other pages, also examples of their hateful attitude)

      The Swiss jobless rate unexpectedly rose for the first time in more than four years in April as the global credit crisis and the prospect of an economic slowdown prompted companies to cut jobs.

      UBS AG, Switzerland’s largest bank, this week said it plans to cut 5,500 jobs worldwide after writedowns of almost $38 billion, and chemical makers Clariant AG and Ciba Specialty Chemicals AG are reducing headcount as record oil prices eat into profits. Swiss manufacturers have scaled back expansion plans for the coming months, an April survey showed.

    • ch.c.

      Welllll….not only Coffee and sugarcane producers ARE suffering !!!!!
      Also your Orange juice producers and your cattle farmers.

      Orange juice price is barely half of what it was in 2005.
      Cattle prices are high but with NOOOOOO profit margin…or marginally at best !!!!

      I bet Brazil will increase their FARMS subsidizes !!!!!
      Or do exactly what YOU criticize…when others provide subsidizes namely the EU and USA.

      Strange UNcommon sense. Especially knowing the EU and USA …..DONT produce Coffee beans !!!!!

      hey…hey !!!! 😀 😉 😀 😉 😀 😉 😀 😉

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