South America assumes its protagonism in the unfavorable scenario of the American grain crop

South America assumes its protagonism in the unfavorable scenario of the American grain crop

06/09/2019 10h05

In a year of trade wars and climatic issues in the USA, South America is boosted by Brazil and assumes the leadership of the world’s soybean exportation. China is the the country that demands the biggest importations. The expectation for the next years is a fast growth in the global consume of agricultural commodities, due to the increase of income, what should keep the economy heated, and also the necessity of high added value products, such as poultry and swine protein. The subject was theme of discussion in the debate of the 7th Agricultural Outlook Forum South America that happens on 05 and 06 September in Curitiba (Brazil).

During the panel “Offer and Demand”, the expert in Brazil and Mercosur of the US Agriculture Department (USDA) Constanza Valdez reinforced how positive is the scenario for the South Americans. However, she warned about the market uncertainties, such as the South American recovery degree, the production costs, the monetary oscillations, the changes in the importation and exportation politics, politics and profitability of the biofuels, and he decisions that countries will take during the process. Also participated in the debate the Argentinian analyst Paulina Lescano and the FC Stone Brazil representant Étore Baroni.

About this subject the USDA economist Warren Preston presented recent entity data about the crop and information on the domestic politics of the department to aid the productors to overcome these challenges. According to the expert, the scenario will result in a crop break. “Our domestic politics are being made with the goal to give the agriculturists the possibility to mitigate these natural and trade risks”, he affirms. The economist also reinforced the importance of sharing the information with the Brazilian agribusiness, since both have opportunities and challenges alike.

Alternatives are needed

According to experts in the event, the Brazilian logistics must be restructured to enable the country to attend the exportation demand growth and stay competitive in the market. The Pro-Logistics Movement coordinator Edeon Vaz reinforced the importance to reduce the transportation cost in the roads and to finish works that were already started. “This is our role and therefore we should seek the railroads enhancement, taking advantage of the rivers, transforming them in waterways and using our ports”.

The president director of the Porto of Paranaguá Luiz Fernando Garcia says that the biggest mission of the port today is to attend the demand of these changes in the exportation profile of the country through the adequacy of the railway reception capacity. “We have the obligation to structure the railroad system to then increase its capacity. We are studying together the terminals to decide which is the most adequate option”. The panel was mediated by the cabinet chief of the Industry Federation System of Paraná (Fiep) João Arthur Mohr.

Other alternatives that must be discussed are the ones related to energy. Between the techniques that could be used is the implementation of the photovoltaic system in the fields and in the enterprises. The debate took place in the panel “Sustainable Generation – The barrier of knowledge in the photovoltaic energy”. According to the regional counselor of the Central-West and Federal District of the Brazilian Association of Solar Photovoltaic Energy Rodrigo Pedroso, The system has big chances in the agricultural application. “The producer could use the energy to bomb supply, irrigation, besides his own energy used in the farm or in gardens”, Pedroso explained.

The scenario is already a reality in countries such as Germany. In the European country, 60% of the producers already have a photovoltaic installation in their business. For the director of the Solar Cluster Baden-Württemberg Franz Pöter, the expansion of the solar energy since the years 2000 accelerated its regimentation and made possible for more people to invest in this kind of sustainable production. The lecture was mediated by the coordinator of the Public Right department of the Andersen Ballão law office Rafael Fillippin.


The 7th Agricultural Outlook Forum South America continues this Friday (September 6th). The second day of event will be dedicated to discuss themes such as the agreement between the Mercosur and the EU, familiar production, agri-innovation and integration between the crop, livestock and forest. The final part of the Agritech Challenge is still part of the program, in which will be chosen by the public the startup with the best solution for the agribusiness. Also the presentation of the Investment Plan of the Cooperatives of Paraná, that will count on the presence

Of the province state Governor, Ratinho Júnior.


7th Agricultural Outlook Forum South America - “From production to market – Global and sustainable”

DATE: September 5th and 6th

LOCATION: Oscar Niemeyer Museum (MON)

ADDRESS: Marechal Hermes, 999, Centro Cívico – Curitiba (PR)



About the Agricultural Outlook Forum South America

7th Agricultural Outlook Forum South America t’s 2019. The pilot project of the forum was carried in 2013 and brought to Foz do Iguaçu (PR) more than 500 attendees to discuss the challenges and opportunities of the new expansion cycle of the world’s production of grains. Since then, the event has meet experts and participants from around the world, bringing to the fore subjects such as innovation and sustainability, urban development by the rural economy and succession in the field. In 2019, the theme is “From production to market – Global and sustainable”.

The forum is promoted by the Agribusiness Center of Gazeta do Povo (AgroGP). It has the support of the Sistema Ocepar e OCB, the City Council of Curitiba, the Sistema Confea-Crea, the Sistema Fiep, the CME Group, the Sanepar, the Copel and the Southern Agricultural Council (CAS).