Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Drought in Brazil is Affecting the Coffee Crop

Brazil, a country located in South American and is one of the biggest producers of coffee in the world. Due to the country's location, they are no stranger to the heat and having droughts, however, the one they are in the middle of right now has lasted longer than those in the past and is taking its toll on the countries crops.

The drought is really hitting Brazil's breadbasket region, located in southeastern Brazil, is where most of their crops come from such as crops for food and coffee. Scientists who are analyzing the drought for Brazil say that it will not end soon and that the worst is still yet to come. For many farmers, what is left of their crop is minimal since most of it has been destroyed or producing very little. This is in stark contrast to last year when the region's rivers flooded.

The scientists in Brazil are saying that the regions where a lot of coffee is planted, like the areas that are lower elevations, will see the heat increase as the drought goes on; predictions for the coffee plantations is that some will have to be abandoned. If that were to happen, Brazil could lose some coffee crop, as much as 10 percent, in the next six to seven years.

There are rumors about coffee shortages but those are not true, according to analysts.

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