Prices up 80 pct at Nybot and only 14 pct in Brazil

The 2007/08 Brazilian citrus crop, which starts officially at the beginning of July, began with lower profits for citrus growers even with the increasing international juice prices, due to the global deficit of the product.

Considering the New York Board of Trade (Nybot) series of the last 30 years, in dollar, orange juice prices in 2006 and during this year are the highest of the last 16 years. Analyzing a contract series of 30 years, also in dollar, prices received by citrus growers in the Sao Paulo state followed the upward trend in the international market, however, at lower intensity, due to the long-term contracts system.

Between the 2001/02 and 2006/07 crop seasons, in real terms, the orange traded by contracts (delivered on citrus plant), in dollar, upped 14 percent. In the same period, the international orange juice prices increased expressively, around 80 percent at the Nybot.

In the domestic market, the fruit delivered on citrus plant averaged 7.71 reals or 4.04 dollars per box of 40.8 kilos on June 15th, dropping 0.51 percent over May 31st.

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