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September 18, 2014
Drought hits Brazil coffee harvest
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Sept 16, 2014
Coffee output in Brazil, the world's chief exporter, will slide this year after the worst drought in decades, agricultural agency Conab said Tuesday. The drought hampered the development of plants, causing the arabica crop to plummet 16.1 percent, Conab said. "Brazil should this year produce 45.1 million 60kg bags" of arabica and robusta crops, the main kinds of bean cultivated for drinking, Conab indicated. "This represents a drop of 8.16 percent .. compared with the last harvest. "The ... read more

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