Costa Rica Protects Local Bean Production

The Government sent a bill that would force local industries to buy national beans.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

According to what Marvin Barquero reported in his article in Nacion.com, the bill sent by the Executive branch to the Costa Rican Legislative Assembly contains clauses that will protect local bean production.

At present, "producers in Costa Rica are paid about ¢34,000 ($60) for a quintal (46 kilos) of beans, while beans from Nicaragua placed here get ¢22,000 ($39) per quintal, according to a report by The National Association of Grain Industrializers (Caningra)."

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Rice Problem in Costa Rica Returns

January 2012

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.

Costa Rica: National vs. Imported Beans

May 2011

The low cost of imported beans is complicating matters for domestic producers who cannot match their prices.

The conditions under which red and black beans can be imported into the country are removing the incentive for the industry to buy grain from local producers.

Examples of this are the 67,611 quintales that were in the hands of northern producers for over a month, pending a decrease in supply which would allow them to sell at the desired price.

Costa Rican Bean Growers Announce Protests

April 2010

They announced they will stage public protests, after the national industry refused to buy their domestic production.

Industrial companies find it cheaper to import the product at $48.57 per quintal, than paying domestic growers $68 for each quintal.

Freddy Morera Mena, president of the Veracruz Growers’ Association, explained his region harvested twice as much as usual, and 9.000 bean quintals don’t have a buyer.

Protectionism for Beans in Costa Rica

July 2009

The Legislative Assembly approved in the first debate a project that requires local companies to buy domestically grown beans.

The project establishes that companies that import beans will do so as proportional percentage of the domestic purchases, without paying tariffs.

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