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Downpours on Brazil Coffee Crops to Ensure Record Robusta Output

January 09, 2012

Jan. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Rainfall on robusta coffee crops in Brazil, the world’s second-biggest grower of the variety after Vietnam, will boost output in the main producing state to a record as humidity accelerates the formation of beans.

Farmers in the southeastern state of Espirito Santo, which grows 75 percent of Brazil’s robusta, will harvest 9.5 million bags of the variety used to make instant coffee this year, up from 8.5 million in 2011, said Luiz Antonio Polese, head of the region’s Vitoria Coffee Trade Association, known as CCCV. A bag of coffee weighs 60 kilos (132 pounds).

“After December rains, all concern has vanished,” Polese said today in a telephone interview from state capital Vitoria. “Trees are full and fruits look healthy.”

Espirito Santo has declared a state of emergency in 5 of its 78 cities because of above-average precipitation, according to information on the state civil defense department’s website. Storms and floods have left 2,239 people homeless since December, when rains started. Meanwhile, the southernmost states of Brazil and some Argentine provinces are experiencing drought.

The state is expected to get more rain in the next five days, Marco Antonio dos Santos, a weather forecaster at Somar Meteorologia, said in a telephone interview from Sao Paulo today.

Last year Brazil’s total robusta output was 11.3 million bags, unchanged from the previous year, the government said Dec. 21.

--Editors: Carlos Caminada, Jasmina Kelemen

To contact the reporter on this story: Lucia Kassai in Sao Paulo at lkassai@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Carlos Caminada at ccaminada1@bloomberg.net


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