Brazil's agricultural production value up 8.9% year-over-year to 154B reais in 2010, driven by higher prices of agricultural products in foreign markets, IBGE says; sugarcane production value up 14.9%, coffee 34.4%

RIO DE JANEIRO , October 26, 2011 (press release) – The value of agricultural production reached R$ 154.0 billion in 2010, being 8.9% up in relation to 2009, mainly due to the higher prices of agricultural products in the foreign market. Planted area remained at 65 million hectares, but agricultural production has recorded increase because of new technologies, investments and mild climate.

Among the main products accounting for this increase are sugarcane, which recorded a rise of 3.7% in output and of 14.9% in production value, and coffee, with respective figures of 19.1% and 34.4%. Also relevant are the results of oranges and herbaceous cotton, with production increase of 28.3% and 19.4%, respectively.

São Paulo remained as the leader in terms of participation in the national production value, with increase from 16.8% in 2009 to 18.2% in 2010. Mato Grosso faced decrease from 11.3% to 8.9%, mainly due to the reduction of its percent participation in the national production value of soybeans, the main item produced by this state.

Sorriso (MT), a leading municipality in national agricultural output for two consecutive years, fell to the 3rd position in 2010, after São Desidério (BA) and Cristalina (GO).

These and other data are available in Municipal Agricultural Survey (PAM) 2010, which measures fundamental harvest variables of the 64 main products of temporary and permanent crops in the country.

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