Egypt was the African country that most imported beans grown in Brazil in the first seven months of this year. Data from the Ministry of Economy indicate that the country bought $ 2.8 million from January to July. The number is more than six times that of last year, when the Egyptians imported only $ 442,500 in Brazilian beans.
“In addition to having a market with good consumption of dried legumes, Egypt is a hub with connection to other countries,” says Marcelo Lüders, the president of the Brazilian Institute of Beans and Pulses and Special Harvest (Ibrafe), to the Brazil News Agency. Arab (ANBA)
According to Lüders, the trend is for bean exports to grow even more, as relations between Brazil and the markets get closer, and the segment is supported by the public sector.
Brazilian bean exports advanced 34% in the first seven months of 2019, compared to the same period of 2018. The sector registered US $ 57.1 million against US $ 42.7 million last year. This growth is related to an action plan implemented in 2017.
Brazil, which then had only one variety of beans to export, in 2018 exported eight varieties of beans to over 70 countries.
To gather information on the varieties that would be in demand in Brazil and abroad, Ibrafe approached research institutions such as the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa), Campinas Agronomic Institute (IAC) and Paraná Agronomic Institute (Iapar).
The country that most bought beans from Brazil in the first seven months of this year was Vietnam, with US $ 26.9 million spent on imports of the product, followed by India, with US $ 16.8 million