Costa Rica will spend 14 million USD to stimulate grain production

The government of Costa Rica announced an emergency plan to spend 14 million dollars to reactivate cultivation of basic grains in the short term.

Friday, May 2, 2008

The initiative will encourage production of beans, rice, and white corn, which are basic to the Costa Rican diet. The idea is to blunt the effects of a possible worldwide food shortage, which has been predicted by some international organizations.
Agriculture Minister Javier Flores said part of the funds will be used to invest in infrastructure to transport food products, and part to support small and medium-sized producers

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Costa Rica's Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) will present a strategic plan to boost grain production in the country in the face of the world food crisis.

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The Central American countries have defined strategies to confront the rise in prices and possible scarcity of food. In effect it's an emergency plan that will require an investment of about 560 million dollars. The plan and be concentrated on four products: rice, beans, corn and sorghum.

The Central American plan, aimed at encouraging production of basic grains, includes the creation of a regional network for seed production, joint importation of agriculture inputs, an increase in areas under cultivation, improvements in productivity, and financing for producers.

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