Expectation is to harvest 6.4 million tons of fiber in the country, with 4.3 million in Mato Grosso alone. In Brazil, Cotton is one of the crops that has grown the most in Brazil and this crop should be a record. Farmers are expected to harvest about 6.4 million tonnes of seed cotton.
Mato Grosso is the largest fiber producer in the country. The area planted in the state, which was 777 thousand hectares, now in 2019 went to 1 million hectares, according to Companhia Nacional de Abastecimento.
Larger area means increased production. Across the state, 4.3 million tonnes are expected to be harvested, a volume 33% higher than last year.
Even with the cultivation still under development, farmer Vitor Vesz makes good bets for the harvest. At his property, in Campo Verde, in the southeast of Mato Grosso, the area is 25% larger than in the past crop. The motivation to increase production is income. It closed deals at $ 100 of cotton, on average.
"Prices are good so far, the corn is always running a little low. Then we are evaluating and we decided to venture into cotton, which can give a little more return," he says.
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Brazil exported 915.1 thousand tons of cotton in 2018, an increase of 9.7% compared to 834 thousand tons in 2017. Revenue from foreign sales totaled US $ 1.585 billion, up 16.8% from US $ 1,357 million 2017.
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A little bit of history.
Sugarcane is a plant that provides sugar and alcohol, and its cultivation is originated from the Southeastern Asia. It was introduced in Brazil five centuries ago, when the country was a colony of Portugal. By that time, sugarcane and gold had almost the same value, and the Portuguese were the very few people who had the resources needed to explore overseas, searching for new lands to conquer (and make money).