Brazilian domestic coffee prices moved down during the first fortnight of March, pressed by the international market (financial movements). The CEPEA/ESALQ Index for the arabica type 6, delivered in Sao Paulo (capital) closed at 269.56 reals or 157.27 dollars per bag of 60 kilos on Mar 14th, dropping 7.53 percent in Real over Feb 29th. For the robusta type 6, in the origin Espirito Santo state, the Index has decreased 2.88 percent considering the same period, at 232.46 reals or 135.62 dollars per bag.
Regarding the 2008/09 crop, high temperatures and rainfalls have been contributing to grains development. It shows that the new season should present good productivity. The elevated costs of production, however, have been concerning growers. (Cepea - Brazil)