Costa Rica: Price of Vegetables Increases due to Rains

The climate phenomenon known as "La Niña" has led to losses of vegetable crops and sharp price rises of up to 100%.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Between 5 June and 21 August, the price of tomatoes, for example, have gone from $1.08 per kilo to over $2 while peppers are up from $0.22 to $0.43, according to Costa Rica's National Production Council.

The issue centers around the region of Cartago where up to five times more rain has fallen than normal, leading to up to 35% of crops being lost.

According to, other products that have seen large price rises are celery, carrots, beet and cabbage.

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