12 January 2012 17:01 [Source: ICIS news]
BOGOTA (ICIS) - Brazilian production of cereals, legumes and oilseeds for 2012 is estimated to surpass record levels seen in 2011, the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), a government agency said on Thursday.
Oil seeds including rapeseed, soy and palm oil are the most commonly used feedstocks for biodiesel.
Corn and tallow are also used. Rapeseed methyl ester (RME) is mainly produced in Europe; soy methyl ester (SME) comes mainly from the Americas and palm methyl ester (PME) from Asia, in particular Malaysia and Indonesia.
The forecasted harvest for 2012 is 160.3m tonnes, 0.3% higher than the grain harvest of 2011, the agency said.
The harvest in 2011 was estimated at 159.9m tonnes, 6.9% higher than the record harvest of 2010, according to the data.
The area harvested in 2011 was 48.7m hectares (120m acres) and was an increase of 4.7% compared to 2010.
The increase in production was attributed to the beneficial amount of rain, the increase in cropland sown in corn and the advance planting of soybeans in the state of Mato Grosso, one of the country’s main grain-growing areas.
The state of Parana led the national production of grains, with a contribution of 19.7%, followed by Mato Grosso, with 19.5%, and Rio Grande do Sul, with 18.5%, the agency said.
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