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Brazil intends to export US$ 1 billion in fruits in 2019, Abrafrutas states

Brazilian fruit exports are expected to reach US $ 920 million this year and US $ 1 billion in 2019. This was highlighted by the president of the Brazilian Association of Fruit and By-Products Producers and Exporters (Abrafrutas), Luiz Roberto Barcelos, during an interview in Global Agribusiness Forum Program in the Rural Channel.

Brazil is the third largest fruit producer in the world, but still the 23rd global exporter, shipping US $ 830 million in 2017. The country produces 44 million tons of fruit per year on two million hectares and employs five million people, 16% of all agribusiness sector. From January to March this year, Brazilian fruit farming registered a 15% increase in exports, compared to the same period of the previous year. The producers shipped a total of 195,000 tons of fresh and processed fruits to several countries. The sector also celebrated the revenue of approximately R $ 165 million that is 19.3% more than the amount of 2017.

According to Barcelos, the National Plan for the Development of Fruit farming (PNDF), launched in February this year in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply (MAPA), aims at  improving quality, increasing production, the domestic consumption and  fruit exports. Among the plan's guidelines, the executive points out that fruit exports should reach US $ 2 billion in 2028, in addition to increasing domestic consumption of fresh fruits from 56 kilos/year per capita to 70 kilos/year.

According to Barcelos, despite the satisfaction of export increases, it is necessary to overcome some challenges, such as: improvements in the agricultural pesticides, existing clearance in port and airport inspections and increase in fruit consumption. "Also, the industry lacks credit lines and specific insurance coverage." The executive also points out that the export agenda needs to be diversified because it is still focused in few products, including mangoes, nuts, melons, lemons and grapes. "This way, we also developed together with Apex-Brasil the project ‘Frutas do Brasil’ (Brazil Fruits)."

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