During the second fortnight of March, the supply of early varieties from Brazilian 2009/10 crop enlarged little by little. For processors from Sao Paulo state, these fruits should be available from May on. In this off-season period, few industries have been crushing due to the low volume. It was still hard for the sector to estimate how large next Brazilian's orange crop (2009/10) will be. The result of the three bloom waves was different in each Sao Paulo state region.
In the fresh fruit market, trades kept moving at a slow pace. Only some volumes were traded, considering that the supply was restricted in this off-season period. At the same time, prices were at low levels, once fruits had not reached the ideal point of maturation.
Regarding prices, between March 16th and 31st, the average of natal, valencia and pera oranges delivered at citrus plants dropped 6.6 percent, closing at 4.67 reals or 2.01 dollars per box of 40.8 kilos on Tuesday 31st. (Cepea - Brazil).