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Heavy rains in Brazil slash fruit production

2024-06-02 17:55 Last Updated At:20:57

The substantial rise in rainfall in Brazil since the beginning of this year has led to a significant decline in fruit production in the Sao Francisco Valley region, a crucial base for fruit production and export in the country. 

Normally, this region accounts for 39 percent of Brazil's mango production and 20 percent of its grape yield annually. However, this year's frequent rainfall has posed challenges for many fruit farms. Over the past five months, excessive rain has not only reduced fruit yields but also impacted fruit quality due to pest issues. 

"This year, there's been a lot more rain than previous years, more than twice the average. Many mango farms have significantly reduced their yields, with production decreasing by up to 60 percent," said Fernando, manager of a mango orchard in the valley region. 

"The excessive rainfall has led to an increase in pest infestations. Our grape farm has cut production by about 40 percent," said Antonio, a local agricultural technician. 

Since the end of April, Brazil and some countries in Latin America have faced continuous heavy rains, severely impacting crop production and even triggering disasterous flooding in some areas. 

Heavy rains in Brazil slash fruit production

Heavy rains in Brazil slash fruit production

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China's 2024 summer grain output hits record high

2024-07-15 11:55 Last Updated At:12:07

China achieved a bumper summer grain harvest in 2024, with the output reaching a record high of 149.78 million tons, up by 2.5 percent or nearly 3.63 million tons year on year, recent official data showed.

The ample yields of staple crops help bolster the country's food security, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.

The summer grain output per hectare reached 5,628 kilograms, an increase of 2.5 percent or 135.4 kilograms from last year. Notably, the wheat yield per hectare reached 5,986 kilograms, marking a 150-kilogram increase from 2023.

Currently, China has over 1 billion mu (about 66.67 million hectares) of high-standard farmland nationwide, effectively increasing grain yields per unit.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs has launched a three-year plan aimed at enhancing the unit yield of wheat, along with a governmental fund of 1.6 billion yuan (about 220 million U.S. dollars) to support efforts in pest control, disease prevention, and heat resistance.

"We focus on addressing challenges in wheat planting process, including issues with plowing, sowing, management, and harvesting. By integrating fine varieties, key technologies, and advanced agricultural machinery, we've significantly increased unit yield of wheat over extensive regions. Henan Province has seen a rebound in wheat production, and major wheat-producing provinces like Shandong, Hebei, Jiangsu, and Anhui have achieved record-high yields per unit area," said Lyu Xiutao, deputy director of Department of Crop Production at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.

China's 2024 summer grain output hits record high

China's 2024 summer grain output hits record high

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