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Crops Benefit from Recent Rains

07 April 2010

BRAZIL - Sugar cane and corn crops in Brazil are benefiting from recent rains, which will help prepare the soil for the coming dry months.

The downpours could boost yields, one meteorologist told Bloomberg, although the floods have killed dozens of people in cities.

"More intense rain isn't a reason for concern and may help farmers increase yields," said Paulo Etchichury, the head of Sao Paulo-based forecaster Somar Meteorologia.

"Catastrophes happened in urban areas but not in the countryside where crops are located."

Last month, the Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatistica said the harvest of cereals, legumes and oilseeds must be greater than last year by 8.5 per cent to meet needs.

It suggested a total output of 145.1 million tonnes of the crops is required and added that the area to be harvested had increased to aid this effort.

Most areas of the country were expected to produce greater yields, the body revealed.

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