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Vietnamese Farmers Sell Up to 55% of Coffee Crop, Volcafe Says

March 02, 2012

Farmers in Vietnam, the world’s largest robusta coffee producer, have sold 50 percent to 55 percent of the 2011-12 crop, according to Volcafe, the coffee unit of commodities trader ED&F Man Holdings Ltd.

Vietnam will produce a record 22.1 million bags in the season started in October, up from 20 million bags in 2010-11, the Winterthur, Switzerland-based trader estimates. Robusta prices jumped 11 percent this year as farmers in Vietnam withheld beans, awaiting higher prices. They fell 14 percent last year as traders anticipated a sizable crop in Vietnam. A bag of coffee weighs 60 kilograms, or 132 pounds.

The “Liffe uptrend makes farmers and local agents believe in their coffee holding,” Volcafe said in a weekly report e- mailed to clients today. “Physical coffee flow is not so sizable as it was a month ago.”

Vietnamese beans for March and April shipment were trading at a premium of $10 a metric ton to robusta prices on NSYE Liffe in London, data from the trader show. Last week the prices were identical.

The harvest in Indonesia, the world’s third-largest robusta grower, will start “picking up” from the end of April or beginning of May, Volcafe said, citing unidentified local exporters. That represents a slight delay to initial estimates of early April, the trader said.

Indonesian beans for March and April shipment were at a premium of $90 a ton to the NYSE Liffe price, according to Volcafe data. That compares to $100 last week.

Robusta coffee for May delivery slipped 0.3 percent to $2,011 a ton by 3:13 p.m. in London.

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

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


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