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Coffee harvest in Brazil suffers delays and harms the pace of exports

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Brazilian farmers had harvested about 35% of the 2022 coffee crop as of June 21, a slower pace compared to last year and the historical average for this time of year, consultancy Safras & Mercado reported.

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Delay is hurting Brazil’s coffee exports, analyst said Gil Barbachwhich has led to an increase in spot prices for higher quality grain.

Last year, farmers had harvested 40% of the coffee fields by this date. The five-year average for this period is even higher, at 44%, according to the consultancy.

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The slowdown in the pace of the harvest comes despite drier-than-normal weather in the main producing regions, which should help fieldwork.

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Barabach He pointed out that the delay in the harvest is mainly due to uneven ripening of the fruits and difficulties in finding labor in some regions.

Safras projects the 2022 Brazilian coffee crop at 61.1 million bags, well above the government estimate of 53.4 million bags.

Source: Gestion

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