A coffee producer shows an empty coffee berry, where pale green beans should have formed but did not due to drought, on a coffee plantation in Santo Antonio do Jardim

Source: Reuters - Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:11 PM
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A coffee producer shows an empty coffee berry, where pale green beans should have formed but did not due to drought, on a coffee plantation 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. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker/File (BRAZIL - Tags: AGRICULTURE ENVIRONMENT FOOD BUSINESS COMMODITIES)