Rainfalls that reach Brazilian orange orchards have stimulated new blooming for the next crop (2009/10). If these flowers fix fine, the production should total between 360 and 370 million boxes (the productive potential in Sao Paulo state). On the other hand, the rainy weather reduces the harvesting rhythm and limits the consumption. Even with the weak demand, orange prices increased in January/09, boosted by the limited supply.
Some growers already concluded the 2008/09 orange crop, remaining basically pera for in natura consumption. From December 30th to January 30th, pera valuated 6.2 percent in Real, averaging 10.13 reals or 4.38 dollars per box of 40.8 kilos, on tree, on Jan 30th.
For pera, natal and valencia oranges, trades kept moving at a slow pace, due to the retreat from processors. Quotations for these varieties delivered at plants (spot market) dropped 2.7 percent in the month, to 6.87 reals or 2.96 dollars. Most part of processors should finish their activities from this season in February.
In Florida, harvesting activities have been progressing. Until Jan 25th, 65 percent of early and mid-season varieties were harvested, considering a total of 80.5 million boxes. (Cepea - Brazil)