São Paulo, 07/23/2021 - The main coffee growing regions in Brazil have been suffering from an unusually cold climate that will have a greater impact on next year's crop than on this year's harvest, according to the director of the Brazilian Association of Specialty Coffees (BSCA), Vanusia Nogueira. She estimates that the frosts recorded so far are likely to result in a loss of 4 million to 4.5 million 60 kg bags in 2022.
Brazil is the main producer and exporter of coffee in the world, and the south and the Cerrado of Minas Gerais were the regions most affected by the intense cold in recent days. "Over the last ten years, maybe we've had a week of low temperatures around this time of year, but the constant cold since the end of May, I don't remember ever seeing that," Vanusia said.
According to her, harvesting in these two regions is well advanced, with around 65% of the work completed in the south of Minas and 70% in the Cerrado. In addition, the leaves of the coffee plants protect the cherries, he said, adding that the biggest impact should be felt in the 2022 harvest.
Next week, temperatures are expected to remain low, and August could be unusually cold. Therefore, it is still too early to know what will be the total impact of low temperatures on next year's harvest, he said.
Vanusia noted that the dry weather this year has also affected plant development and could lead to the loss of another 7 million bags in 2022. The lack of rain last year and this year also harmed the 2021 crop, and coffee cooperatives in the The country is working with producers to ensure they are able to meet their contractual obligations, he said. Source: Dow Jones Newswires.
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