10,000 more hectares of rice to be planted in Costa Rica
For the 2008-2009 period, rice growers will plant 58,130 hectares compared to the 47,252 in the 2007-2008 period.
Monday, January 5, 2009
According to nacion.com, "This increase in local rice production is due to two great expectations: the difficulty in importing rice due to high prices and the eventual help from the Government via the National Food Program."
Between 2008 and 2013 the size of areas sown with rice in the north of the country increased by 92% and in the Caribbean coast they declined by 86%.
The rice growing season of 2008-2009, registered a decrease of 22% in the area used for rice cultivation in Costa Rica, from the same period in 2007-2008.
In order to overcome the distortions that have occured in the market, the National Assembly of Producers has decided to reduce the amount of sown land by 23 hectares.
A decree fixing prices has distorted normal market functioning, and caused overproduction of 19,000 tonnes.
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