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Global production of RTRS soy increases

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The amount of certified RTRS soy is increasing.

A total of 4.6 million tons of soy have been RTRS certified. These numbers indicate sustainable production growth in 2020.

The production of RTRS certified soy continues to grow around the world. The sector produced a total of 4.6 million tons for more than 1.266.000 hectares in 2020. This is up from 4 million RTRS-certified grains harvested in 2019.


This significant increase (around 20 percent) shows that sustainable production has been gaining ground. Sustainable production has become a strategic pillar in the global grain stage, according to RTRS. The market for certified soybean has been steadily growing every year in new countries. “This is a proof of it”.

Around the world

In 2020, Brazil continued to top the list of countries with the highest levels of certified soy production. The country produced approximately 3.7 million tons. Other relevant countries in the sector are Paraguay, Argentina and Uruguay in Latin America. They are responsible for 248,000 hectares and 774,000 tons. Furthermore China and India in Asia, with a total of 41,527 hectares and 102,156 tons. In Asia, group certification stands out. For exemple promoting sustainable production of small and medium-sized soybean farmers, owners of an average of 2 to 3 hectares in India. On the other hand there are producers in China with 3,000 hectares.


In the last quarter of 2020, eleven new producers certified their production for the first time in Brazil and Argentina. Their participation totals 286,588 tons of RTRS-certified grains.

Highlights in Argentina include Cosufi S.A., which produces more than 49,590 tons in 12,744 hectares. Furthermore, Ledesma which produces approximately 24,000 tons of certified grains. Salentein Argentina – a company of Dutch origin established in the Entre Rios province – produces 8,214 tons in an area spanning 3,184 hectares. In total, 40,436 hectares and 141,276 tons were certified for the first time in Argentina in 2020.


The highlight among the new certified producers in Brazil is Grupo Hervalense, which produces over 90 thousand tons of certified soy across 23,709 hectares in the state of Mato Grosso

Also noteworthy are Fazenda Verde Agropastoril Jatobasso and Fazenda Uirapuru. The former produces more than 30 thousand certified tons spread over 7,500 hectares. The latter produces more than 29,000 tons of grain carrying the RTRS seal across 6,404 hectares.


The RTRS seal is a guarantee of the commitment of multiple companies to greater sustainability, transparency and traceability throughout the soy value chain.

Based on the results achieved the Association focuses its efforts on further consolidating the growth of RTRS soy. With a focus on economically viable, socially equitable and environmentally sound soybean production and trade. RTRS will continue to facilitate an open dialogue between producers, civil society organizations and the industry.

Also read: Bayer supports RTRS certification in Mato Grosso

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