Foreseeing these problems, the National Rice Corporation (CONARROZ) had already negotiated the purchase of 45.000 tons from the United States, with an additional 10.000 tons to be brought in next February.
Eduardo Rojas, president of CONARROZ, said that "supply is guaranteed, however, we will request the government to declare an agriculture emergency", in a Laprensagrafica.com article.
Warnings are being issued that if the heavy rains persist, 50% of the harvest could be damaged and lost.
Benjamin Toledo, president of the Rice Millers Association said that the current crop is expected to be about 500,000 quintals. There are delays in harvesting the current crop due to the heavy rainfall that has prevented harvesters from getting to the crop.
In Costa Rica, October’s excessive rain has caused losses of $2.5 million in the sector.
Abel Chaves, president of the Chamber of Pineapple Producers and Exporters (Canapep in Spanish) explained that the losses include damage to plantations, delays in the preparation of crop areas, damage to farm infrastructure (bridges, canals and roads) and increases in transportation costs to ports of embarkation.
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