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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorTANGARA, Brazil (DTN) — A tour bus full of Americans bounces like a carnival ride traveling downhill, coming off a plateau on a narrow clay, unsurfaced and seemingly unmaintained road in the middle of a steady downpour while maneuvering around semi-trucks likely loaded with soybeans going the opposite direction.It’s just another afternoon during harvest in Mato Grosso in Brazil.Mato Grosso has some farming advantages, such as its vast acreage — the state is the size of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and Ohio combined (with room to squeeze in Delaware and Rhode Island). Also, Mato Grosso farmers can grow soybeans in the rainy season, then plant a summer crop like corn, cotton or sunflowers.Agriculture, after all, makes up 75% of the economy of Mato Grosso.Nevertheless, the Achilles heel in Mato Grosso is infrastructure for all those crops and livestock. And, for all its size, Mato Grosso lacks people and overall tax base with a population of just 3.4 million, of which more than 600,000 live in and around the city of Cuiaba.The Institute for Mato Grosso Economics of Agriculture (IMEA) projects it costs $80.51 a ton to get most soybeans and grains to port for farmers in the state. That equals roughly $2.20 for each bushel of beans.Mato Grosso farmers take significant basis discounts because roughly 60% of Mato Grosso’s soybeans, more than 700 million bushels, go direct to export at ports that can be 1,800 kilometers (1,118 miles) away. With the wait time at port, it’s a seven-day round trip for each semi-load of beans, typically two 25-metric-ton trailers of beans, or roughly 1,836 bushels each trip.FREIGHT CHALLENGE“Freight is a challenge every year, and it takes up to 30% of our prices compared to the price at the port,” said Ricardo Silva, a farmer near Tangara in south-central Mato Grosso.Trucks hauling beans dominate the roadways. That gave truckers enough influence last year to halt traffic throughout the country last May and early June as truckers demanded higher pay to go along with higher diesel prices. Just as Brazilian farmers were getting more for their beans because the U.S-China dispute was heating up, the trucker strike took some of that away. While truckers are still waiting for legislation to confirm their gains from the successful strike, some of the largest commodity haulers such as Amaggi Group, Cargill and others started buying trucks and increasing company-owned trucking fleets. Amaggi ordered 300 new trucks in December.Mato Grosso has one railroad that runs from Rondonopolis in the southeast corner of the state to the Santos Port at Sao Paulo. There are always discussions about carving out other major rail lines, and “planned” expansions show other future links to a major north-south rail line east of Mato Grosso owned by the mining company Vale SA, which runs to ports in both the Amazon to the north and in southern Brazil. Vale SA had been looking to run a rail line through Mato Grosso, but those plans are now likely derailed after a mining dam accident in December that will likely be costly for the mining company financially.The Brazilian government also has been working for years to build a 1,100-km (683-mile) railroad, Ferrograo, which would run from Mato Grosso to the Miritituba Port in Para State on the Tapajos River. Both a group of U.S. and Brazilian agribusinesses were bidding for the project, estimated to cost $4.3 billion, as were state-owned Chinese firms. Reuters reported last month that the Brazilian government wants to have the Ferrograo railroad bid out late this year or early 2020. It will take at least 10 years to build.DISAPPOINTMENT IN GOVERNMENTAntonio Cesar Brolio, president of the Rural Syndicate, a Farm Bureau-type organization in Brazil, in Campo Novo de Parecis expressed disappointment in the Mato Grosso state government over its lack of action on infrastructure. The state implemented a tax on farmers specifically for infrastructure improvement, but then the state government diverts roughly 30% of the revenues to deal with other funding issues outside of infrastructure. The tax revenue also goes up with higher production.“We would like to see the money we are paying the tax used for infrastructure as was promised in the beginning,” Brolio said.Silva added, “We have some anger at the state government but (are) confident the federal government will focus on infrastructure.”BR 163 is the main north-south highway splitting Mato Grosso, but even it has areas that need completing to connect the state’s trucking system. Earlier this month, the new minister of infrastructure emphasized that the new government under President Jair Bolsonaro will finish a 50-km (31-mile) stretch of Highway BR 163 from Sinop, Mato Grosso, to Miritituba Port, by the Tapajos River. It is sometimes called the Itaituba Port, a city on the other side of the Tapajos River, but it is the same port.“Last week, the new minister of infrastructure — he’s a guy we know from Mato Grosso and he knows what he’s doing — he rode in a truck and said he would have the army pave the last 50 km this year,” Silva said. “That is the promise of this new government and we are very confident.”Farmers in other parts of Brazil may not have the scale of production they do in Mato Grosso, but they do not bear as much of the transportation cost. Domingos Trevisan, who manages a 1,768-hectare (4,367-acre) farm near Itaipulandia in Parana state, told DTN that buyers come to his farm to pick up soybeans and corn that typically goes to port about 700 km away. His basis, though, is narrower, normally running about 10% to 15% under the prices on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange for the front month. Parana, with a larger population base and tourism, also has a more modern overall road system than much of Mato Grosso.“We don’t have the kind of road issues they have in Mato Grosso,” Trevisan said.Mike Steenhoek, executive director of the Iowa-based Soybean Transportation Coalition, noted Brazil has a long track record of intentions not becoming outcomes. But it’s apparent if Brazil wants to give a shot of economic boost to the rural areas of their country, the odds of success with infrastructure are high if Mato Grosso farmers can be linked to more ports.“All they have to do is make progress and our competitive advantage starts to erode,” Steenhoek said.Chris Clayton can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(ES/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.
YouTube just announced that it will begin supporting HTML5 video players this evening across many of the videos on the site. The feature isn’t live yet but is expected to be within the next hour or two. If this test goes live site-wide, it will be a good thing for the web.An HTML5 video player will allow videos to be viewed without Adobe’s Flashplayer plug-in, videos will load faster and developers will be able to build all kinds of other intriguing features into a media delivery scheme based on the next version of HTML. For now users will need to sign-up the HTML5 preview on Test Tube and they’ll need to be using either Chrome, Safari or the Chrome frame in IE.The biggest benefit of HTML5 support is that it frees users from the need to use proprietary plug-ins like Flash player or Microsoft’s Silverlight by using a simple bit of code to render video. (Note this caveat regarding the lack of codec consensus, however.) If you’ve used Google’s Chrome much, you’ve probably seen how often Flash player crashes in that browser. Firefox doesn’t deal with Flash well, either.HTML5 is being edited by Ian Hickson of Google and David Hyatt of Apple. Expect to see Google and Apple support this new standard all the more in the future so that those companies and others can build a web that looks more like Gmail on an iPhone than it does like a Flash landing page from the last decade.For more details, see these 3 great HTML5 demonstration videos we highlighted previously.Update: YouTube also just announced a new design of its Flash-based video player and watch pages. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market marshall kirkpatrick Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#NYT#web#YouTube A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…
In a bid to counter the Trinamool Congress’ ‘Didi Ke Bolo (Tell Didi)’ mass outreach programme, the West Bengal unit of the BJP is all set to launch ‘Cha Chakra (tea get-together)’ to reach out to the people and spread the party’s message with an eye on the next Assembly polls.Although West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh denied that the initiative was meant to outsmart the TMC’S digital platform for masses, he said it was aimed at reaching out to the people in a more effective manner.“From September this year, we would launch this ‘Cha Chakra’ as our mass outreach programme,” he said.Explaining the campaign, he said: “Generally, every morning, I go for a walk and while returning I have tea at a local shop and speak to the residents. I have been doing this every day for last several years. I may be at Coochbehar in north Bengal or Kakdwip in south Bengal, but my routine remains the same. So now the party has decided to make it a programme and launch it officially.” While reacting to the development, Trinamool secretary general Partha Chatterjee mocked the BJP for trying to copy the party’s new initiative for a better connect with the people.‘Not bothered’“They are trying to copy us. Let them do that. We are not bothered. But it won’t bear any fruitful results for them as they don’t have a mass leader like [Chief Minister] Mamata Banerjee in Bengal,” Mr. Chatterjee said.On the advice of poll strategist Prashant Kishor and his firm ‘Indian Political Action Committee’ — appointed by the Trinamool Congress after the recent Lok Sabha polls – Ms. Banerjee had on July 29 launched a helpline number — 9137091370 — and a website — www.didikebolo.com — as a part of the ‘Didi Ke Bolo’ campaign to enable people have a direct interface with the party functionaries.She also unveiled a public outreach programme under which over 1,000 party leaders will visit 10,000 villages over the next 100 days to understand people’s problems and redress their grievances. The BJP, which staged a stupendous show in the general election, is leaving no stone unturned to unseat Ms. Banerjee in the 2021 Assembly polls.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “At least, we are now assured of a playoffs for a quarterfinals berth,” said Pido Jarencio, whose NorthPort Batang Pier proved steadier in a grit and grind 94-84 victory over Alaska on Wednesday night in the PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“Now, if we get lucky against Ginebra, thank you,” Jarencio added. “We get an automatic quarterfinal [ticket].”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe Batang Pier fought to be in this spot—four wins, six losses—after a promising start was nearly laid to waste by six straight losses. With Stanley Pringle and Sean Anthony leading a furious finish, NorthPort won a second straight game and pushed Alaska to the brink.NorthPort’s next assignment is Barangay Ginebra, which ousted Meralco in the second game, 86-76, behind 18 points, nine rebounds and two blocks by Greg Slaughter. A win by the Batang Pier there gives them a trouble-free entry to the quarterfinals. A loss drops them in a tie with Alaska.The Aces aren’t in a complete heap on the floor just yet—but they’re down on their knees after ending the classification phase with a 4-7 card. And they’ll have to pray results of other matches go their way if they want to stay in contention for a quarterfinal berth.Alaska had the game within reach, scoring eight points in the first 70 seconds of the fourth quarter to eat into an 11-point deficit. Jvee Casio fed Ronald Pascual for an easy two and then added a triple as the Aces stretched that run to 14-0 for a 74-71 lead, 9:34 remaining.Anthony stopped the Alaska run with a basket and Pringle bunched together six points as the Batang Pier took a 79-74 lead. Anthony later buried the dagger that made it 92-81, 1:23 remaining.Anthony finished with 24 points and 17 rebounds while Pringle added 21.ADVERTISEMENT It was billed as a battle for survival and both teams certainly played like it, dishing off and taking the best of shots like nothing else mattered.Too bad only one team remained standing in the end. For how long, though, is another question.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Lady Spikers, Tigresses recover winning groove Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Google Philippines names new country director Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag MOST READ Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event “Stanley carried us in the second half,” said Jarencio. “Actually, it was a total team effort but Stanley and Sean [stood out].”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments