Drought decreases grape production in southern Brazil

São Paulo production should reach 146.900 tons, a decline of 0.3% in relation to the previous year, while the productions of Paraná, of 56,200 tons and Santa Catarina, of 55,200 tons, should present a decline of 1.4% and 7.5%, respectively, in the same comparison.

In northeastern Brazil, Pernambuco and Bahia, other important producers, with a share of 27.0% and 4.1%, respectively, should produce 399.100 tons and 60.800 tons, respectively. While in the South most of the grapes are destined for the production of juices, in the Northeast, most of the grapes are used for table consumption.

The production estimate was 1.5 million tons, a decrease of 9.5% compared to the previous month and 13.2% compared to 2021. In Rio Grande do Sul, the largest producer of grapes in the country with 49, 3% of the total, the production estimate was reduced by 17.5% compared to February, to 728,300 tons, down 23.4% compared to 2021.

The drought caused direct effects in this crop, but it can also influence the next one, affecting the physiological development, as it makes it difficult to maintain the leaves and accelerates the dormancy of the plants, leading to a lower accumulation of photo-assimilates.

Source: abrafrutas.org

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