(Photo: A view of the conference that took place in Rio de Janeiro, last June)

By Leonardo Gottems, correspondent at Brazil

Sao Paulo, July 8th. The Pulses 2019 Convention of the GPC Global Pulses Confederation, which took place in Rio de Janeiro last June, was considered a “success”. The balance of the event indicated that Brazil has been gaining importance in the market of pulses and special crops in the world. In this sense, the Brazilian government itself launched in 2018 the National Plan for the Development of the Productive Chain of Feijão (beans) and Pulses, which aims to diversify food exports.

In 2010, Brazil was exporting only two varieties of beans – a number that jumped to 10 in 2019. The country produces 3.1 million tons of beans and is preparing to reach 3.6 million tons in less than five years.
Marcelo Lüders, president of Correpar Food Brokers, emphasizes that Brazil currently exports sesame, chia, popcorn, peanut, azuki, mung, dark red, light spekled, Cranberry, brow eye, cowpea , small red, red bamboo, and black eye. He considers, however, that the most important are the investments that producers are making to have the traceability of production.
“Because many properties already produce traceable coffee, soybeans and cotton, for example, there are already large areas of preservation of native forests. In addition, they comply with labor laws, rationally use agricultural pesticides allowed by law and manage to offer contracts for truly traceable products, “says Lüders.
Another competitive differential is that Brazil produces three harvests of beans per year, which allows us to observe the varieties harvested in the second semester in the northern hemisphere and to plant what the world demands, thus avoiding overloading some pulses. According to the president of Correpar, all this effort does not only benefit large producers, but the technology available today in terms of seeds and sustainable management is also in use by small farmers.
“According to a recent NASA study, Brazil’s agricultural producers are responsible for preserving more than 80% of Brazil’s forests. Not only does it maintain untouched part of its land, but it also invests in its conservation. With the smaller Chinese production of pulses, Brazil has increased each year the exports of LSKB and Mung, for example. The sector hopes soon to have established exports directly to Chinese ports”, he says.

Lüders also points out that the recent Mercosur agreement with the European Union finds the sector prepared for the demands of that market. “There is a lot of demand for information about Brazil’s production. For this reason IBRAFE (Brazilian Institute of Pulses and Special Crops) will hold in June 2020 the International Pulses Forum, in parallel to the 8th Brazilian Pulses Forum in the state of Mato Grosso. According to exporters heard in Brazil, GPC Global Pulses Confederation has made all the difference in bringing incentives to production and consumption”, he concludes.