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Sugar Cane Crops Harmed by Low River Levels

27 September 2010

BRAZIL – Sugar crops have been damaged by a drought that has seen the Amazon River dry to its lowest levels in 47 years.

The National Water Agency has released a statement to Bloomberg saying that the river level on 20 September had dropped to 18 metres (59 feet), which is the lowest since 1963.

Willians Bini, from Saõ Paulo-based weather forecaster Somar Meteorologia, said: "Farmers will have to be really patient because rains are delayed for at least a month."

Sugar futures have increased by around 25 per cent this month. An analyst for research firm FG/Agro, Gustavo Correa, told Bloomberg: "The weather is also harming seedlings, reducing output potential for coming crops."

He added that the sugar cane harvest from the centre south region of the country will be down by between ten and 40 million tons this year.

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