Never so much money in the countryside. In this century, revenue from agriculture and livestock has already increased by 190.2%.
The pace of resource growth within the country over the last 21 years has been impressive, as indicated by recent data collected by the state-owned rural research firm Embrapa.
In the case of crops, the value of production has risen 193.7% above inflation for this period. In cattle, it increased by 183.1%.
Revenue continues to grow at a faster pace: 29.2% higher last year than 2019
Expansion was 37.8% in agriculture and 13.6% in livestock. And the momentum has remained strong this year, according to estimates.
The cash power of producers is the result of a virtuous cycle, where the expansion of production and productivity coincides with the inclusion of technology; A cycle of price increases and also, the appreciation of the dollar against the real.
This internal economic transformation has had a pertinent effect on Brazil’s political map, but parties and candidates are still not concerned about the scale of the change.
In general, they are reminiscent of the shallow critique of the expansion of the Amazon, confined to the urban perspective of agribusiness brokers, and avoid the ancient argument of the efficient “Bench of the Agropecuaria” in Congress, the Frante Parliament da Agropecuria.
In a country where industry has become a scorched earth, equivalent to what it was in the economy (11% of GDP) in the 1940s, the next government will have to deal with the rise of Brazil’s leadership in world trade in agriculture. The product is a good problem.
This position should be taken in early 2024, the second year of the president’s term, who will now be elected in October. This has been predicted by organizations such as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
It is clear that environmental policy will be an important factor in the next administration. There is no way around climate change. The South Cone, for example, has already experienced the worst drought in 90 years. And in the Amazon, the strategy of “general release” for mining and deforestation has provoked growing conflict with the biggest clients of agribusiness companies – the plight of JBS in the United States is, at present, exemplary.
It is offensive, but five months before the election, political parties and presidential candidates have not yet bothered to come up with a consistent proposal for an urban or rural future.
There is no debate on how to rebuild the bankrupt urban industrial base around which most voters gather.
Not even about what should be done in rural areas, where resources are increasing in an increasingly concentrated way and only at a proportionate pace of agrarian conflict and the spread of poverty around the inner cities.