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.
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WTO members launched a new campaign against the country due to its subsidies to rice production.
The claims were presented at the meeting of the Committee on Agriculture of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and point out that Costa Rica failed to limit their subsidies.
Costa Rica agreed not to exceed $ 15.5 million a year in subsidies and in the year 2010 it has gone over $ 100 million.
Starting January the 73.6 kg. bag will cost producers ¢ 20,050 ($ 39.3).
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.
The Ministry of Economy signed a decree to reduce the price of rice to domestic producers.
The Minister of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG), Gloria Abraham, announced the decree without giving further details on pricing.
La Nacion, on its website, includes comments from the minister: "The price of rice paid by the industry to producers has been set at ¢ 24,315 per 73.6 kilos bag since 2008, ...
The multimillion dollar figures which Costa Rica spends on protecting rice production has sparked controversy between critics of the system and producers.
The issue was exposed to the public when a group of countries complained before the World Trade Organization (WTO) (see