High prices during this off-season in Brazil

In the first month of this year, off-season period in the Sao Paulo state, the domestic orange prices reached one of the highest levels since the beginning of Cepea researches, in 1994, only inferior to those from 2006. Pera orange averaged 15.08 reals or 7.05 dollars per box of 40.8 kilos (on tree price), down only 3.8 percent over the value of Jan/06 - the highest one until the moment.

In the spot market (delivered on citrus plant), prices reached the maximum level in January, averaging 15.46 reals or 7.22 dollars per box of 40.8 kilos, up 27.45 percent over Jan/06.

With the larger citrus crop production (2006/07) forecast - 50 million bags more than in the previous crop totaling 348 million boxes -, the support comes from the demand by citrus plant.

Last week, pera orange averaged 16.51 reals or 7.79 dollars per box of 40.8 kilos (on tree), up 3.7 percent over the previous week. Agents bet on a better pace in the next week, due to the proximity of carnival holiday in Brazil.

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