Have you ever thought that maybe you should be eating more fruit? It is well-known that fruit consumption is relevant to keep a healthy lifestyle. It guarantees significant nutrients like vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Yet, some obstacles keep people from adding color to their diet. That is one of the reasons why the UN established 2021 as the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables. And Brazil has a relevant role in it.
Some particularities in Brazilian fruit production guarantee diversity and nutrition. A major advantage comes from Brazil’s geographic position and size. The country gathers different types of biomes like the warm and rainy Amazon, mild weather in the South, and the uniqueness of the Cerrado region.
Thanks to that, our farmers can guarantee diversity all year long. There are apples and peaches in the South, açaí in the Amazon, grapes in the Southeast, and mangoes in the Northeast, to name a few. Besides that, we have our famous melon, cocoa, oranges, and papaya.
The diversity of Brazilian fruit production is as large as its volume. Today, Brazil is the third-largest world producer of fruit, with a production area of 2.5 million hectares. The fresh fruit field is responsible for 5.6 million jobs, and it is also a keystone for social development in several regions.
To contribute to the challenge of increasing the fruit intake in the whole world, Brazil works hard to meet all the requirements necessary to make the largest number of people taste the freshness of our products. That includes high patterns of traceability and significant certifications.
To reach that quality and guarantee the quantity of fruit the world needs, there have been increasing investments in innovation. For example, Brazilian canary melons are well known for their quality and short growth cycle, which allows for up to three harvests per year thanks to technology.
Brazilian fruit exports
In the year to July 2021, Brazilian fruit exports reached a US$ 573.2 million value, an expansion of 8.9% compared to the same period in 2020. The most exported products were lemons, limes, mangoes, cashew nuts, and Brazil nuts.
It is also noteworthy that Brazil exports many other fruits, like watermelon, apples, grapes, bananas, melons, watermelons, and avocados, to name a few. These products are better specified in our Agro.BR platform. Brazil’s main partners are the European Union, the United States, the United Kingdom, Argentina, and Russia.