The 2008/09 arabica crop should begin earlier

The harvesting of the next arabica coffee crop should begin earlier in some Brazilian regions. Last days, in the states of Minas Gerais, Sao Paulo and Paraná, some grains have started to reach the ideal maturation. The humid weather linked to high temperatures in the first semester of this year contributed for the current scenario.

For the robusta coffee, the harvesting in the main producer state (Espírito Santo) should start in the second fortnight of April. Agents bet on a positive crop for the arabica and robusta, in terms of volume and quality.

From February 29th to March 31st, the CEPEA/ESALQ Index for the arabica type 6, delivered in Sao Paulo (capital) decreased 14.35 percent in Real, closing at 249.69 reals or 142.43 dollars per bag of 60 kilos on Monday. The pressure came from the international market. For the robusta, the decreases were limited by the domestic consumption. The CEPEA/ESALQ Index for the type 6, in the origin Espirito Santo state closed at 227.56 reals or 129.81 dollars per bag, dropping 4.9 percent in Real over Feb 29th.

The Brazilian 2008/09 crop, which will start in May, should press values down, since the production should be higher over last year. The National Company for Food Supply (Conab) forecasts the next season between 41.2 and 44.1 million bags of 60 kilos. On the other hand, the possibility of frosts in June could boost the values. (Cepea - Brazil)

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