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Published March 09, 2010, 12:53 PM

Brazil harvest expected to grow in 2010

SAO PAULO — The Brazilian government says the nation’s 2010 crop production is expected to be 8.5 percent higher than last year.

SAO PAULO — The Brazilian government says the nation’s 2010 crop production is expected to be 8.5 percent higher than last year.

The government’s IBGE statistics agency says in a statement released Tuesday that Brazil’s 2010 production is expected to be 145.1 million tons, compared to 133.8 million tons in 2009.

The statement says the planted area increased 1.5 percent to 47.9 million hectares, or 118.4 million acres.

Of the 25 products surveyed, soybeans are expected to post the biggest production increase with a crop 17.4 percent higher than last year’s.

Mauro Andreazzi, an IBGE director told the Agencia Estado news agency that the increased crop estimates are due to favorable climate conditions and increased investments in the agricultural sector.

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