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Brazil Coffee Crop to Rise to 50.4 Million Bags: Conab

May 10, 2012

Coffee output in Brazil, the world’s largest producer, will rise to 50.4 million bags in the current crop, the Agriculture Ministry said.

Production will climb from 43.5 million bags in the previous harvest, the ministry’s Conab crop-forecasting agency said today by e-mail. The forecast compares with a Jan. 10 estimate of production between 49 million and 52.3 million bags.

Output of arabica beans will increase to 38.1 million bags from 32.2 million, while robusta production will rise to 12.3 million from 11.3 million bags in the previous crop, Conab said.

Most harvesting in Brazil runs from April to September. A bag of coffee weighs 60 kilograms (132 pounds.)

To contact the reporters on this story: Mario Sergio Lima in Brasilia Newsroom at mlima11@bloomberg.net; Lucia Kassai in Sao Paulo at lkassai@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dale Crofts at dcrofts@bloomberg.net


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