Figures released on Friday (15) by the Brazilian Association of the Rice Industry (Abiarroz) and by the Rice Industry Union of RS (Sindarroz-RS) showed that, last year, Brazil exported the highest volume of rice since 2011/12. From March to December, foreign sales of rice (husk base) reached 1,667,305 tons. Brazil should end the commercial year, in February 2021, with a total of 1.8 million tons in rice exports. The main countries that received Brazilian rice are Peru, Venezuela and Cuba. Rice imports totaled 1,140,007 tons and were led by the Mercosur countries (Paraguay, Argentina and Uruguay). It is estimated that imports will reach around 1.2 million tons. According to the executive director of Sindarroz-RS, Tiago Sarmento Barata, the rice sector managed to overcome the challenges of the pandemic. “The sector was resilient to meet global health requirements and the increased demand in the external and domestic markets due to the pandemic,” he said.
*Translated by Ia Niani