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Brazil Dryness Isn’t Hurting Next Coffee Crop, Somar Says

October 26, 2011

Oct. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Low volumes of rainfall in coffee- growing regions of top global producer Brazil aren’t hurting the development of next year’s crop, according to weather forecaster Somar Meteorologia.

Brazil may produce a record 57 million to 58 million 60- kilogram (132-pound) bags of coffee in the 2012-13 season, as trees enter the high-yielding half of a two-year cycle, Guilherme Braga, head of the nation’s coffee exporters’ council, known as CeCafe, said in an interview in London on Sept. 28.

“Even with the low rainfall volumes registered in the coffee-growing regions of Sao Paulo, Minas Gerais and Parana, crop conditions continue to be good,” Somar agronomist Marco Antonio dos Santos wrote in a report e-mailed today.

While soil moisture levels aren’t yet ideal, they’re still within acceptable levels, he said. High moisture levels have been registered in Zona da Mata, in the state of Minas Gerais, and in Espirito Santo state, he added.

Minas Gerais is Brazil’s largest arabica-producing state, while Espirito Santo is the country’s biggest grower of robusta beans.

Arabica is grown mainly in Latin America and favored for specialty beverages such as those made by Starbucks Corp. Robusta, used in instant coffee and espresso, is harvested mostly in Asia and parts of Africa.

--Editors: John Deane, Alastair Reed

To contact the reporter on this story: Isis Almeida in London at ialmeida3@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Claudia Carpenter at ccarpenter2@bloomberg.net


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