Brazilian growers speed up harvest activities

The dry weather that reaches almost all Sao Paulo state has been concerned citrus growers - fruits are dropping from the trees. In this context, growers have speed up harvest activities of the 2007/08 crop, increasing the supply for citrus plants.

The higher volume available has been limited the increases of orange prices. It is important to consider, however, that, even with the strong drought in this year, this period of the crop is already marked by a larger supply. On Sept 28th, pera variety delivered on citrus plant averaged 10.03 reals or 5.48 dollars per box of 40.8 kilos, up 16.8 percent in Real over Aug 31st. In the domestic fresh fruit market, the pera orange averaged 10.61 reals or 5.80 dollars per box of 40.8 kilos (on tree), increase 2 percent in Real during September.

In the international view, for the first time it was discovered four focus of citrus-greening disease in Polk County, Florida's largest citrus producer.

Regarding the 2006/07 Florida's crop production, the latest USDA report published last week showed a total of 64 million trees, a reduction of 2 million of in all the state. The total included the Florida tree census released on Sept 14th.

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