Producers had proposed a price of ¢ 21,372 ($ 41.89).
Oscar Campos, president of the National Assembly of Rice Producers, said that in exchange for a reduction in the price, the Government was to implement a program to improve competitiveness until 2020.
Oscar Campos, from Nacion.com, reports about the program "... the government must improve infrastructure, provide improved seeds to producers and ensure equipment and machinery for planting and harvesting, as well as purchasing the rice."
The proposal provides for a gradual shift in the pricing mechanism.
Within general guidelines, the proposal is valid for three years and aims to improve access to credit, training as well as business management and infrastructure.
"It also contemplates signing agreements for the National Production Council (CNP) to relocate their infrastructure and improve productivity in conjunction with programs from the Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA),” reports the article in Elfinancierocr.com.
Producers are complaining about the government’s unfulfilled promises to place their crops in the market, and demanding an end to rice imports.
Producers in the Guanacaste area are protesting again, demanding that the government respects a promise agreed last November, which, according to the rice growers, would resolve the placement of more than five thousand tons of rice which has been stored in dry silos, both public and private, since September 2011.
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