Paraguay wheat harvest reaches around 900,000 tonnes

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With more than 95 per cent of the national wheat crop for the 2021 season, a production volume of close to 900,000 tonnes can be advanced, Mohan Kohli reported. Advisor to the Paraguayan Chamber of Exporters and Commercializers of Cereals and Oilseeds (CAPECO) with the National Plan for the Improvement of Wheat.

This volume will satisfy the demand of the domestic industries, which is in the order of 700,000 tonnes leaving an exportable supply of 200,000 tonnes, which months ago was not thought possible.

The expert explained, in statements to Canal Pro, that the season was uncertain with a rather encouraging start with rains that helped; however, frost and then drought had significant effects. Many producers recorded yield losses from 35% to 40%, even there were cases of a total loss of plots due to heavy frost.

The season was characterized by many problems and variable yields. The national average is around 2,200 to 2,500 kilograms per hectare, Kohli reported. A positive factor for the season is the good quality of wheat harvested with high gluten values, according to industry reports.

It is important to remember that the best year for wheat in terms of area of planting and production was in 2014 with 631 thousand hectares planted and a national crop of more than 1.5 million tonnes, according to the historical data of La Capeco.

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