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President of Conab dismisses risk of shortages and criticizes fake news in Brazil

Published May 18, 2024

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Brazil is not expected to experience rice shortages despite floods in Rio Grande do Sul, which is responsible for 70% of the country's rice production, according to Edegar Pretto, president of the National Supply Company (Conab). The rice harvest in the state is nearly completed, with only 17% still in the field, 8% of which was affected by the floods. Despite the setbacks, the harvest is projected to be between 4.5% and 6% larger than the previous year. To prevent price increases, the government has approved the import of 1 million tons of rice, mainly from Mercosur. Conab is also planning to reinstate the policy of public food stocks and build stocks of rice, beans, and cassava to maintain balanced prices for consumers.
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The president of the National Supply Company (Conab), Edegar Pretto, guaranteed that Brazil does not face the risk of rice shortages, even in the face of floods in Rio Grande do Sul, the state responsible for 70% of national production of the cereal. Pretto reported that the rice harvest in Rio Grande do Sul is practically complete, with only 17% of production still in the field, of which 8% were affected by the recent floods. He highlighted that, despite the setbacks, the forecast is for a harvest this year between 4.5% and 6% larger than the previous year. As a precautionary measure and to contain the increase in prices, the government authorized the import of 1 million tons of rice, mainly from Mercosur. “Rice, unfortunately, started to rise in price, it increased for the consumer and that is why the government decided that we are going to import rice, from Mercosur, especially, to guarantee the supply of the product to the outskirts mainly”, said Pretto to Jornal PT Brasil, ...
Source: CanalRural
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