In the first half of the year better weather conditions led to a 17% increase in export volumes compared to the same period in 2015.
In value terms, banana exports in the first half of the year rose by 24% compared to the same period in 2015, according to figures from the National Banana Corporation (Corbana) mentioned by Nacion.com.
A study by the Central American Academy has concluded that there are market distortions that explain the low productivity of the sector compared with other producing countries.
Summary and conclusions of "Policies for productive development study. Experiences in the case of bananas and cattle "
Beef cattle shows low and stagnant productivity rates, according to the usual measurement standards in the industry. For bananas, productivity rates are among the highest in the world. Identifying explanatory elements of these results was the objective of this study, using the analytical framework of the Policies for the Productive Development (PDP).
More global competition and less demand from Europe partly explain the stagnation of exports in the last three years.
Official data shows that in the last three years Costa Rican banana exports have stagnated, remaining at between 106 and 107 million boxes, each weighing 18.14 kilos. Businessmen from the sector claim that greater global competition and declining demand in Europe explain the stagnation.
In Costa Rica there has been an increase in the incidence Diaspis boisduvalii and Pseudococcus elisae mealybug in crops on the Atlantic slope.
From a press release by the State Phytosanitary Service (SFE):
The State Phytosanitary Service of the Ministry of Agriculture has declared a national emergency for the term of one year, due to increasing populations with the Diaspis boisduvalii and Pseudococcus elisae mealybug which are causing severe damage to banana crops. It is estimated that the impact has affected about 24 thousand hectares, according to data provided by CORBANA and the National Commission of Musaceae.
Eleven business chambers are insisting that the reforms to the Labor Code incite illegal strikes.
Nacion.com reports: "The amendments were approved unanimously by the Legal Affairs Committee of Congress, on August 1st, and have already been presented to the plenary."
"The chambers are opposed to the reforms regarding strikes, unions and syndicated workers, which are strengthened at the expense of standing committees (promoted by solidarism), something that encourages protests".
In the absence of ratification of the Agreement, the agricultural sector sees its 2013 and 2014 harvests in danger, as European buyers are already negotiating with other Central American countries.
Alvaro Saenz, president of the National Chamber of Agriculture and Agribusiness (CNAA), said the delay in the approval of the CAAA compromises the sector since on June 15 Europe will announce which countries will enter into the first block of the trade agreement to set export quotas.
The Fourth International Banana Conference is a platform for discussing the challenges of commercializing and modernizing production of the "golden fruit" in Costa Rica.
The opening ceremony was held on Tuesday 21st February at the Ramada Hotel Convention Center in San Jose. The opening activity was attended by over 400 businessmen, industrialists and scientists, both national and international, from the banana sector.
In the first four months of 2011, the equivalent of $665.9 million in pineapples have been sold overseas.
After twelve years of being in first place in sales from Costa Rica to the rest of the world, the banana has lost its top position, after pineapples grew 4.5% in May compared to the same month last year.