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Brazil’s Main Robusta Growing State Ends 2017-2018 Crop Year with 17.5% Increase in Production
CoffeeNetworkr (New York) – According to the latest data from Brazil’s Incaper, a research institute for Conilon or Robusta coffee, Espirito Santo produced 5.915 million bags of Robusta coffee for the 2017-2018 coffee year, up 17.5% from the previous coffee year.
Despite adverse weather conditions, the increase in production was accredited to a renovation of 7-8% of the crops per year, with more productive clonal varieties, adequate nutrition, pruning, pest and disease management and irrigation.
Espírito Santo is responsible for 62.4% of the total cultivated area of the variety in the country, with 266.47 hectares of conilon cultivated. Because of the drought, many producers have drastically pruned the coffee plantations and eradicated crops. As a result, the conilon coffee production area in the state decreased by more than 10%.
Regarding Arabica coffee, the 2017-2018 crop should see a 25% decrease in production compared to the previous year. Espirito Santo is expected to produce 2.950 million bags. In 2016, the state recorded a record in Arabica production: 3.932 million bags were harvested.