Brazil should this year harvest coffee amounting to between 47 million to 50 million 60kg bags, indicates an estimate released in Brasilia by the Companhia Nacional de Abastecimento (Conab).
The estimate, the year’s first, anticipates a production drop of between 7.6 percent and 1.3 percent. This is because coffee plants, particularly the arabica variety, alternate between large and small production.
Coffee is planted in an area covering nearly 2.4 million hectares, with annual growth of 1.99 percent. Most production is concentrated in Minas Gerais state, with 1.2 million hectares and 97.7 percent arabica.
World coffee production in the 2012/2013 season is estimated to be a record amount of 148 million 60kg bags, more than 10 million over the previous season, making Brazil responsible for about one third of global production.
Figures from the Agriculture Department of the USA indicate that Brazil is followed by Vietnam, with 22.4 million bags forecast, Indonesia with 9.7 million and Colombia with 7.5 million. (macauhub)