- Title: Coffee crops at risk as Brazil temperatures plunge
- Date: 30th July 2021
- Summary: VARGINHA, MINAS GERAIS, BRAZIL (JULY 30, 2021) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF FROST ON COFFEE CROP COFFEE GROWER WALKING ABOUT COLD-AFFECTED CROPS COFFEE GROWER SHOWING FROST ON COFFEE CROPS VARIOUS OF COLD-AFFECTED COFFEE CROPS (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) AGRICULTURAL ENGINEER, ADRIANO RABELO, SAYING: "Everything that has been spent last year will not see any profits, nothing will be reaped next year. It's a total loss in this case, and also considering that there will be no significant harvest in 2023. In this situation, the loss is very big." VARIOUS OF AERIAL VIEWS OF COLD-AFFECTED AGRICULTURAL AREA (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) AGRICULTURAL ENGINEER, ADRIANO RABELO, SAYING: "There's no doubt that there will have to be a cutting (of crops), probably a radical cutting, to the bottom. Because the frost has been severe and it's reached the leaves and branches, all the branches have died. Cutting right down to the bottom so as to recover the plant." VARIOUS OF COLD-AFFECTED CROPS VARIOUS OF COFFEE GROWER SHOWING COLD-AFFECTED CROPS (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) COFFEE GROWER, FLAVIO FIGUEIREDO, SAYING: "On this property, we have lost 80% (of coffee crops), I have a property that has lost 50%, another that has lost 20%. In this region, I think there is a damage of 30% to 40%." VARIOUS OF COFFEE PLANTATION FROST ON COFFEE CROP
- Embargoed: 13th August 2021 18:54
- Keywords: Brazil coffee crops weather
- Location: VARGINHA, MINAS GERAIS, BRAZIL
- City: VARGINHA, MINAS GERAIS, BRAZIL
- Country: Brazil
- Topics: Environment,South America / Central America,Weather
- Reuters ID: LVA001EO16FD3
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Temperatures haven fallen in swathes of Brazil on Thursday, as a polar air mass advanced toward the centre-south of the global agricultural powerhouse, freezing coffee crops.
Unusually cold weather in Brazil has already sent international prices for coffee and sugar higher and Friday (July 30) is forecast to be the coldest day of the year.
Arabic coffee prices touched a nearly seven-year high earlier this week as the unusual cold weather affected the crop in Brazil, the world's top producer, with companies poised to pass on higher costs to consumers.
Preliminary estimates from the Brazilian government indicated last week's frosts alone had affected 150,000 to 200,000 hectares (370,000-490,000 acres), about 11% of the country's total arabica crop area.
(Production: Pablo Garcia, Paul Vieira)
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