Brazilians only like one type of bean, and that makes it more expensive, says specialist

Updated Dec 16, 2021
The combination of rice and beans is a Brazilian classic. The duo of grains has consolidated as the basis of food, but there is a disparity between the productions of one and the other projected for the 2021/2022 harvest. Statistics from the National Supply Company (Conab), released last week, pointed out that rice production should be 11.1 million tons and that of beans, considering the three legume crops, of 3.1 million tons.
The difference between the volumes is mainly due to a cultural factor, the production and the majority consumption of a specific type of bean in Brazil: the carioca, the population's favorite. "More than 60% of the production and consumption of beans in Brazil is carioca beans, and this puts the farmer in a complicated situation: if it's missing, he has nowhere to buy [only Brazil produces the carioca] and when it's left over, he doesn't have to whoever sells," explained Marcelo Lüders, president of the Brazilian Institute of Beans and Pulses (Ibrafe). For this reason, according to Lüders, the producer grows less and less carioca beans, making the product more expensive for the consumer, who, in turn, no longer has the purchasing power as before. "The farmer sees international prices for soybeans and corn appreciated, with incentives from companies and facilities to sell these grains. So, he will stop planting beans and will plant soybeans and corn because he will not have a ...
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