A fully formed coffee berry is pictured next to a damaged berry due to drought, in a coffee farm in Santo Antonio do Jardim

Source: Reuters - Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:10 PM
Author: Reuters
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A fully formed coffee berry (L) is pictured next to a damaged coffee berry due to drought, in a coffee farm in Santo Antonio do Jardim in this February 6, 2014 file photo. Years of low coffee prices followed by the worst drought in decades in Brazil have pushed even the smallest family farmers to buy modern machinery rather than rely on increasingly scarce and expensive labor. Brazil's crop supply agency Conab noted an "intense trade in machinery, mainly harvesters," in the main coffee-growing states of Sao Paulo and Minas Gerais this season, in response to a 46 percent average rise in day laborer wages from a year earlier. Picture taken February 6, 2014. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker/File (BRAZIL - Tags: AGRICULTURE ENVIRONMENT BUSINESS FOOD)