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Ovetril to increase grain storage capacity

Brazilian vegetable oils producer Ovetril will increase its grain crops storage capacity to 270,000 tonnes in mid-April 2007. Currently, the company has a capacity to store some 165,000 tonnes of grains.

Ovetril is building four new silos in Sorriso municipality, located in central-western Mato Grosso state. Mato Grosso is one of Brazil's largest agricultural producing states. At present, the company has another eight silos.

According to Ovetril executive, Pedro de Moraes Filho, the new units will be used for storing maize from the 2006/07 harvest. The company had problems in the previous 2005/06 crop year with storing maize due to low capacity. Thus, maize had to be stored on the ground outside the silos.

Despite the scheduled capacity increase, Moraes Filho expects even bigger similar problems as Brazil is seen to collect a record high 2006/07 maize output. The company noted that it will not accept maize once it fills up its silos. Brazil is projected to collect 49.2 million tonnes of maize in the 2006/07 harvest, up 16% year-on-year.

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