Brazil soy farmers sell estimated 75.4 million tonnes in advance, Safras says

SAO PAULO, Dec 4 (Reuters) - Brazilian soybean farmers have sold 56.5% of their beans in advance through Dec. 4, Safras & Mercado, an agribusiness consultancy, said in a statement on Friday.

Considering Brazil is poised to collect 133.517 million tonnes of the oilseeds this season, the volume of pre-sold soy amounts to an estimated 75.403 million tonnes, Safras said.

"There were few deals in November, still, pre sales are well above average," Safras said.

At this time last season, forward sales of Brazil's most prized export commodity represented 37.8% of the estimated crop, according to Safras data. The historical average is 34.5%.

There were very little soybeans left from the prior season on the domestic market, which led Brazil to resort to soybean imports in 2020. A net food exporter, Brazil sold huge volumes to China and was left with little for internal use during the inter-harvest period.

Farmers only have an estimated 1.4 million tonnes they can trade from their 2019/2020 output, Safras said.

According to government data, Brazil imported 625,000 tonnes of soybeans in the first 10 months of the year, the most since 2003, with the bulk coming from neighboring Paraguay.

Imports included a rare 30,500 tonne purchase of U.S. soybeans, which is presently being unloaded from a vessel at the port of Paranaguá. (Reporting by Ana Mano Editing by Chris Reese)

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