Coffee production in Brazil may fall 17% this year

Forecast is a crop of 51 million bags according to CONAB. Reduction is due to the two-year period for coffee farming.

Agência Brasil
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Brasília – The second estimate for the coffee crop released this Thursday (16) by the National Supply Company (CONAB) indicates that Brazil is expected to produce 50.92 million bags of processed Arabica and Conilon coffee this year. This forecast means a 17.4% year-on-year reduction.

According to CONAB, the drop is a result of the two-year period for coffee farming, “a natural phenomenon for this culture that increase its production in one year and decreases it in the next.” Despite the reduction, Brazil is still the world’s largest coffee producer and exporter.

Arabica coffee, which represents 72% of the total production and is the most influenced by the two-year period, is expected to reach 36.98 million bags, a 22.1% reduction over last season.

Conilon production is estimated at 13.94 million bags, a 1.7% decrease over 2018. According to CONAB, this drop is driven by the reduction of the planted area in Bahia and Minas Gerais and the decreased production in Espírito Santo due to climatic events.

Translated by Guilherme Miranda

Marcelo Camargo/Agência Brasil

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