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Brazil growers rate pests among chief concerns

Agricultural pests were among the major concerns facing Brazilian agriculture in the final quarter of 2013, according to the Sao Paulo trade board, the Fiesp. It conducted a survey of 1,500 growers and 40 agricultural input suppliers between November 2013 and January 2014 to discover the principal concerns facing the sector. Only weather, which was cited by 47% of respondents as a major concern, commodity prices (39%), and production cost rises (34%) topped that of agricultural pests at 32%.


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