Rice Cultivation Declines
The rice growing season of 2008-2009, registered a decrease of 22% in the area used for rice cultivation in Costa Rica, from the same period in 2007-2008.
Monday, June 22, 2009
The main causes for the reduction of the harvested area are the contraction of credit during 2008, a product of the international financial crisis, and the international decline in the price for rice during the same year.
For the 2008-2009 period, rice growers will plant 58,130 hectares compared to the 47,252 in the 2007-2008 period.
Encouraged by distorted prices due to governmental actions, the amount of planted areas sown previously reached 71,000 hectares, now the government, producers and manufacturers have agreed to reduced it to 53,000.
Lack of rain has caused the loss of 400 hectares in the north of the country.
Between 2008 and 2013 the size of areas sown with rice in the north of the country increased by 92% and in the Caribbean coast they declined by 86%.
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