Shortage of Land for Growing Pineapple in Costa Rica

Traditional pineapple growing regions have become saturated by rapid crop expansion.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Costa Rica currently has 40,000 net hectares used for growing pineapple, located in the north and Atlantic regions of the country.

Abel Chaves, president of the Costa Rican Pineapple Growers and Exporters Association (Canapep), indicated that it is unlikely that the sector will continue to grow at the same rate it has managed until now, suggesting that production may already have reached its peak.

"The lack of appropriate land for growing pineapple led Banacol (also a banana producer) to take the decision to establish farms in the central Pacific region," reports "The climate there is dryer, making it easier to control the stages of cultivation, though costs are higher," the article says.

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Drive to Develop Pineapple Production in Dominican Rep.

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The government has announced it will buy high-yield seeds from Costa Rican worth $2 million to start the cultivation of pineapple in large areas.

According to an article in the director of the Special Fund for Agricultural Development (FEDA), Antonio Lopez, said that as part of the preparations for the start of a large scale pineapple cultivation project, a delegation of technicians from the sector traveled to Costa Rica to observe and evaluate the product varieties to be grown in a venture that will benefit hundreds of families.

Rain Causes Losses of $2.5 million for Pineapple Industry

October 2011

In Costa Rica, October’s excessive rain has caused losses of $2.5 million in the sector.

Abel Chaves, president of the Chamber of Pineapple Producers and Exporters (Canapep in Spanish) explained that the losses include damage to plantations, delays in the preparation of crop areas, damage to farm infrastructure (bridges, canals and roads) and increases in transportation costs to ports of embarkation.

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