Huge losses for Costa Rica banana

The rains that are battering the country's Caribbean coast since last weekend have already caused millions of dollars in losses to banana farms.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Even though the waters have still not going down, farmers from Matina, Siquirres and a section of Sixaola confirmed that during the next 10 months they will not be able to export 3 million boxes of banana.

Preliminary losses are at $21 million; some 10,000 jobs for unskilled laborers are at risk of being lost.

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