SAO PAULO (Reuters) – The coffee harvest in Brazil reached 48% of the total projected for the 2021/22 season until June 29, a weekly advance of eight percentage points, but it still lags behind the historical average of five years (51%) for this time, pointed out a survey released on Thursday by Safras & Mercado.
The largest producer and exporter of coffee has already harvested 26.89 million bags, considering a crop estimated by the consultancy at 56.5 million 60-kilogram bags, according to the consultancy’s report.
The harvest pace is the same as seen in the same period last year – in 2020, the country had a record production.
In 2021, producers are harvesting less due to the low cycle of Arabica coffee and also because of the effects of a prolonged drought during crop development.
According to Safras & Mercado consultant Gil Barabach, the work is now gaining more pace and the harvest is approaching half of the harvest.
“The dry climate continues to favor the removal of coffee from the plantation as well as processing,” he said.
The Arabica harvest reaches 34% of production, against 39% in the same period last year and 42% of the historical average for the period.
In conilon, the works already reach 68% of the harvest, below the 70% of the same period last year and below the 77% average for the period in the last five years.
(By Roberto Machel)
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