Central American emergency plan
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.
Friday, April 25, 2008
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.
The government of Costa Rica announced an emergency plan to spend 14 million dollars to reactivate cultivation of basic grains in the short term.
The production of basic grains in the country reached its highest level in the last five years, according to figures provided by the Ministry of Agriculture.
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.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture, more than 30 million quintals of basic grains are expected this year.
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