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.
The Outlook for Agriculture and Rural Development in the Americas: A perspective on Latin America and the Caribbean 2011-2012.
The president of the Center for the Defense of the Constitution, Mario Fuentes Destarac, says he believes the Law to Encourage Production of Basic Grains contravenes the nation's Constitution.
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.
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.
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