Brazilian coffee growers picked 13% of expected 2020 production by May 19, a slower pace than in the previous year and below the historical average for this time of the year, consultancy Safras & Mercado said in a report on Thursday.
It said restrictions to the movement of people due to coronavirus-led lockdowns, particularly in the main robusta- producing state of Espirito Santo, caused delays in field work in that state, which impacted the overall harvest number.
Harvest in the top arabica coffee-producing state of Minas Gerais is still in the early stages.
Traders and producers were expecting problems for the harvest in South America this year due to restrictions on movement.
Brazil is the world’s largest coffee producer and exporter. Safras projects the crop to reach a record 68.1 million 60-kg bags this year.