Corn and sugar cane are two other significant crops in Brazilian agriculture, contributing about 16 percent and 10 percent, respectively, to the country’s agricultural production value. While corn has shown clear growth in terms of production volume, sugar cane has fluctuated somewhat despite having a larger production volume. Apart from its importance in sugar production, the country also uses sugar cane as the main feedstock in ethanol fuel production. Given the sustained growth of the Brazilian biofuels industry since the 2000s, sugar cane has become a strategic crop among the various agricultural commodities that Brazil provides to the world.
An equally strong livestock segment
Brazil's agricultural sector includes livestock farming as one of its major segments, with meat products ranking second only to soybeans in terms of agribusiness export value. The number of slaughtered cattle in Brazil has declined in recent years, while that of pigs has steadily increased, exceeding 56 million heads in 2022. However, the most significant segment of Brazil's livestock is poultry. In 2022, more than six billion broiler chickens were slaughtered in the country, equivalent to 77 percent of the global human population.
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