Most of the producers of São Gotardo, in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, completed the harvest of summer carrots during the first week of August. As a result, producers started to focus on the harvest of winter varieties, increasing the national supply.
Even though prices are still above production costs, this the seventh consecutive week that prices fall, due to the progress of the winter season, which traditionally has higher productivity. This week, a 29-kg box of unwashed carrots was sold for US $25.00. Despite the fall in prices, these remain above production costs and are 56.25% higher compared to the same period last year (partial average of August until day 9).
The crops' health is good and the roots have a high quality. 255 of the total area planted for the winter season is expected to be harvested this month. The season's peak offer is expected to take place in September, so prices can still go down.