Brazil mineral output drops 17% in Q1

Brazil’s total mineral production fell 17% — 147 million tonnes — in the first three months of 2020 compared to the same period last year, the Brazilian Mining Association (Ibram) reported. In Q1, mining companies in Brazil produced 220 million tonnes, reaching a production value of R$ 36 billion ($6.8 billion), with an emphasis on iron ore (63%) and gold (11%). Iron ore exports fell 16.5%, to 70 million tonnes.