Raging fire destroys crops and can pressure prices

Folha de S.Paulo, Katna Baran in 22/08/2021
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High temperatures and the lack of rain have increased the risk of loss of agricultural production due to fires, which spread across several regions of the country. The damage could further pressure grain prices.

In Mato Grosso, around 740 thousand hectares (almost five times the city of São Paulo) were affected by fires from January to July, according to an analysis by the Instituto Centro de Vida (ICV) using data from NASA — two-thirds of the fires occurred in rural properties. In August, the BDQueimadas system, created by Inpe (National Institute for Space Research), already registered another 3,000 outbreaks. In Paraná, there were 2,179 fires from July to August 8, more than double the amount for the same period in 2020.