The Brazilian agribusiness industry was one of the worst-affected by the 10-day truckers’ strike which ended last week. Animal breeders, who depend on deliveries of food, saw many of their animals die of starvation and cannibalism. Meanwhile, vegetable and fruit producers were forced to discard a big chunk of their production – which couldn’t make it to food distribution centers due to road blockades.
During the strike, food shortages were seen across the country – even though big urban centers managed to receive food from nearby rural properties. In the countryside, producers couldn’t manage to make deliveries owing to a lack of fuel. While some producers didn’t have supplies, others were unable to do anything with their production.
The recovery time for each sector will vary. In this post, The Brazilian Report will assess the initial losses to Brazilian agribusiness, based on a study by the Institute for Applied Economic Research (Ipea).