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Production in South America to rise by 500 000 tonnes in 2005, or 2.1 percent
With the harvesting of the crop in the Southern and Central States, the 2005 paddy season is also over in Brazil. Based on results from its sixth field survey, CONAB, the national supply agency, estimated production in 2005 at 13.2 million tonnes, 3.1 percent more than last year. Overall, the country expanded cultivation by over 7 percent in reaction to relatively good prices last year, but adverse climatic conditions contributed to lower yields. In the first half of the year, the arrival on the market of abundant newly harvested supplies was reported to have depressed domestic paddy prices, with the January to August average dropping 38 percent compared with the same period last year. The market weakness resulted in producer prices falling short of the minimum level set by the Government, which induced CONAB to launch public option contracts. Eventually, as the measures were not effective in halting the price slide, the Government suspended option contracts and concentrated resources to purchase rice directly from producers in Santa Caterina and Mato Grosso, the two major producing states. Ecuador recently released official estimates for production in 2004, which showed that a bumper crop of 1.346 million tonnes was harvested, clearly contradicting former FAO’s expectation of a shortfall. The Government also released forecast for 2005 paddy production, at 1.375 million tonnes.

A bumper crop is estimated to have been harvested in Peru as production is set to reach 2.2 million tonne this season, more than 20 percent larger than in 2004. Rice output may continue on the rise next season, as information on producer planting intentions for 2006 indicated rice could cover an area of 350 000 hectares, about 7 percent more than in 2005.

In contrast with the previous countries, most of the other producers in the sub-region are likely to witness a contraction in output this season. For instance, in Argentina, production has been assessed to fall marginally, as improved yields almost compensated for a 4 percent decline in plantings.

In Chile, low temperatures at the panicle formation stage also depressed yields and production. Meanwhile, the country is already preparing to plant the 2006 crop, which is to start in October. Stimulated by relatively high prices this year, the area under rice is anticipated to rise by 8 percent compared with 2005, mainly at the expense of maize cultivation.

According to the Colombia’s Agricultural Minister, the area under rice dropped by 4 percent this season, reflecting relatively low paddy prices since September last year. As a result, production is anticipated to be of the order of 2.6 million tonnes, 100 000 tonnes less than last season.
MGR Archive 2.10.2005
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