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A highlight of the Harvest Plan 2014/2015 is the allocation of R$ 700 million to the Rural Insurance Premium. This is the same amount as the previous season and sufficient to cover about 10 million hectares and more than 80,000 farmers.

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Maior crédito da história produz maior safra de todos os tempos

Eduardo Assad, and environmental specialist, on the increase in credit in the 2013/2014 Plan for the Agricultural Low Carbon Emission Program, the financing program for the ABC Plan.

“I think it is very positive.  We are arriving at the start point for the Plan initially designed in the ABC Plan, which was R$5 billion per year.  So the Government is finally seeing that this is a good plan that needs more investment.  This is really very good.”

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Leandro Pasquali, Director on Marketing for a hybrid seed company, active in the Mercosul. Regarding the increase in the storage capacity to 65 million tons announced in the Agricultural Plan 20013/2014:
 

“This (the increase in storage capacity) will mean a reduction in the unit cost of production, meaning that the producer will improve his unit costs becoming more and more competitive both for trading on the domestic market as well as on the international market.”.

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Fernanda Falcão, Agronomist and soybean grower in RS and MS regarding the announcement of a reduction in interest rates for investments in storage capacity for the 2013/2014 harvest:

“The lower the interest rates the easier it is for the producer to be able to invest and construct silos and warehouses on his property.  This is a benefit for the producer because he now has the ability to manage and improve the prices he received for his commoditiess”.

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“When we assumed the government, in 2003, I recall that agricultural policy had strong limitations.  First, was that availability of credit and second was the level of interest rates.  We tend to forget these details but do you know what the total amount of credit was available for agriculture in 2002/2003?  I will tell you it was R$27 billion.  That today will just about cover the costs of storage.  Today R$27 billion shows that is was not compatible with the needs of agriculture in Brazil.  For this year we are committed to providing R$136 billion.

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"All of us here today are witness to the fact that Brazil is doing well.  It is doing well because I was not embarrassed  to go to any country in the world and defend Brazilian cotton, defend sugarcane and alcohol from Brazil, Brazilian soybean, corn and the Brazilian entrepreneur.  I am not at all ashamed to do so.  I am proud to defend the things that this country does".

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Between the crops of 2001-2002 and the years 2013 – 2014, the production of grains in Brazil increased by 98% while the area under cultivation increased by only 40%.  The increase in productivity was due to agricultural research and investments in technology and innovation.  For Livestock, the results are even better:  The sector grew at a rate of 5% per year.  Brazil today has the largest cattle herd in the world – 210 million head. This expansion was due to advances in the areas of genetics, control of disease and the quality of feed.

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Agribusiness exports maintained their upward trend, reaching US$ 99.97 billion in 2013, up 4.3% compared to 2012. Brazil is world leader in exports of coffee, sugar, orange juice, beef, chicken, soybeans and corn. And there’s more: of every four agricultural products consumed in the world, one is Brazilian.

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