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Mato Grosso: soy state of the world

Mato Grosso state is today Brazil's leading soybean producer. Annually, around 25 million tonnes of soy is harvested here. The majority of this harvest is being sold to the European animal feed industry. The Brazilian family-owned business Grupo André Amaggi is one of the biggest processors of soy and their true soy-imperium has turned three family members into billionaires.

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  • Mato Grosso: soy state of the world

    In 2006, Grupo André Amaggi invested $46 million in a soy crusher in Lucas do Rio Verde, located in the heart of the state Mato Grosso.

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    A truck with soy is being weighed before the soy is unloaded.

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    The unloading station of Amaggi. The daily capacity to process soy is 3,000 tonnes.

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    The contents of the truck are being unloaded.

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    After unloading, the trucks are weighed again to determine the volume of the soy. On average, the trucks transport 40 tonnes each.

  • Mato Grosso: soy state of the world

    A part of the soy has to be dried to reach a moisture content of 13%.

  • Mato Grosso: soy state of the world

    The energy needed for the drying process is generated on –farm by Amaggi.

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    In Lucas do Rio Verde, the soy beans are processed to soy meal for primarily the local animal feed market.

  • Mato Grosso: soy state of the world

    The soy oil is being used for the biodiesel production. Via a pipe, the oil is being transported to the neighbouring factory. After Argentina, Brazil is the biggest producer of biodiesel, derived from soy.

  • Mato Grosso: soy state of the world

    Lucas do Rio Verde is located in the centre of Mato Grosso and established in 1982. The town is growing rapidly as a result of the developing soy production in this area. Pictures here is an old tractor, a type that has been developed by the Brazilians and now serves as a ‘piece of art’.

  • Mato Grosso: soy state of the world

    The entire economy in Lucas do Rio Verde revolves around maize, soy and cotton. ADM, Bunge, Cargill and Amaggi all have storage buildings in and around this town.

  • Mato Grosso: soy state of the world

    Mato Grosso has a total area of 357,125 square km, or 137,891 square miles, and is slightly larger than Germany and 22 times the size of the Netherlands. The state has three eco systems: the “wetlands” or Pantanal, the agricultural land that has been created from savannah and rainforest and the remaining rainforest. The production of soy is growing rapidly and results in deforestation by farmers. The deforested land is often sold to third parties again.

  • Mato Grosso: soy state of the world

    20 years ago, this area was covered with rainforest, now the farmer has transformed the land into agricultural land. Aquaculture is a rising sector in this region.

  • Mato Grosso: soy state of the world

    The traditional inhabitants of the area witness the transformation of their home area into agribusiness.

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    Transportation of the soy from Mato Grosso to the export harbours in Santos and Paranaguá takes days and lead the trucks over the bumpy, dusty roads. There is only one road that connects the soy areas to the South: the notorious BR-163.

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    The capital of Mato Grosso is Cuiabá, and is a true “boomtown” as a result of the millions of dollars, generated by agribusiness. Modern apartment and office buildings rise in poor slums. Recently, Amaggi relocated its head office from Rondonópolis to Cuiabá.

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    Farmer and mayor José Vigolo poses in front of his Fazenda Vitória. Daily business is run by a separate manager. Vigolo owns more than 3,000 hectares, of which 1,400 is in production. Like many local farmers, Vigolo’s family comes from the South. They see themselves as pioneers.

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    With two seeding machines, six workers enter the land of Vigolo. The soy was harvested two months ago. The company is now in preparation for the maize production.

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    The road to Fazenda Vitoria, illustrating how enormous the distances can be in this barren area.

Jan-Cees Bron

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  • JOSE GUTIERREZ

    thanks for suscription is very interesting know notices all world al day
    tanks for your attention best regards Jose Luis

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