Anuário Brasileiro de Sementes 2017 - page 8

he seed is not just the origin of
everything. It also guarantees
the perpetuation of everything.
Without it, the continuity of any
vegetable species would inevita-
bly be in jeopardy. That is why, in a world in-
creasingly inneedof food, there is great con-
cern with the quality of the seeds and with
field productivity that never stops. In Brazil,
which has just harvested the 2017 bumper
grain crops, leading to the economic recov-
ery, caused by a serious crisis, the supply of
inputs in quantity and quality for new plant-
vest for the revitalizationof our progress.
The Brazilian Seed Yearbook, by Editora
Gazeta, details the production scenario and
themarkets of themain segments of the na-
tional supply chain. After all, from the vast
grain fields, like soybean, corn, rice, cotton
and beans, vegetables and fruit trees, as well
as the sectors of sugarcane, coffee, forage
and hundreds of forest species, everything
starts with a seed. The sector’s agenda does
not only meet the ever-rising needs of the
Brazilian commercial fields. International de-
mand has been soaring, and Brazil comes as
support toglobal agribusiness.
As a manner to introduce the main seg-
ments, we devote specific subjects to the
most representative species, considering
both volume and revenue derived from the
and tropical forage, have already given rise
to specific representative entities, attracting
companies and institutions focused on re-
search works. This arm, the one that search-
es for new technologies and seeds that really
makeadifference, hasbeengreatly responsi-
ble for the leap inyieldper areaand in specif-
ic traits, for meeting the variations demand-
edbynational and international clients.
If agribusiness comes as a great pil-
lar of the Brazilian economy, and tends to
be the sector of the economy that year af-
ter year becomes more strategic for feeding
the soaring global population, all the chanc-
es for surmounting adversities and the lim-
ited available natural resources are set to
get through seed enhancement process-
es. To this end, public and private organiza-
tions should join efforts towards finding a
way around obstacles whilst potentiating
the means that guarantee access of the ru-
ral growers to quality inputs at the right mo-
ment. Ithasbeenhappening,bothinspecific
niches and inmacrosense.
The soybean and corn plantations might
be viewed as the recent examples of high vi-
ability whose seed production efficiency is
the basis for their vertiginous steps forward.
Until recently, soybean was a crop restricted
to temperate climates, more to the South of
Brazil. Thanks to research works, and to the
availability of cultivars adapted to tropi-
cal regions, this crop made it to the cerra-
do regions in the Center-West and is now
present in all regions throughout the Coun-
try. In the meantime, corn, whose cultiva-
tion was limited to summer time, was en-
hanced in such a manner that now it is
planted all year long, to the point that,
the so-called second crop has already out-
stripped the summer crop in size.
By and large, the seed supply chain is at-
testing that its creativity andpersistencemay
strides in the future, in the short and medi-
umrun. This is encouraging for Brazil and the
Happy reading!
Inor Ag. Assmann
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