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DuPont Pioneer opens soybean plant in Brazil

DuPont seed subsidiary DuPont Pioneer has opened a soybean seed processing facility in Brazil to double its processing capacity. The plant is located in Catalao, Minas Gerais state, and will begin operations in early 2013. It will be able to process 80,000 tonnes a year, the company notes. The current capacity is 88,000 tonnes and flows from facilities concentrated in the federal district or capital state, national media report. The new plant covers 41,000 m 2 and “should generate” 100 permanent and a further 100 temporary jobs. The company claims it will be “the most modern in the industry”, and designed to receive, process, store, distribute and treat 2.5 million 40 kg bags of seed. It aims to produce 40,000 tonnes of soybean seed in the first year of operation. DuPont Pioneer invested a reported $62 million in the facility. The company is also opening two seed distribution centres in Parana and Mato Grosso states.

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