The construction sector in Costa Rica, which faces a significant slowdown, laid off more than 17,000 workers at the end of 2008 as a product of the crisis. However, these workers were absorbed by rice, pineapple, sugar and coffee production.
The Pelon Group in Costa Rica fired 3 thousand workers due to the 25% increase in the cost of production and low profitability at the moment.
"The increase in costs were not economically feasible for the company, hence we had to stop planting approximately 1000 hectares and as a result we had to let go some people, mainly Nicaraguan workers," said Gerardo Gonzales, plant manager for the Pelon Plant in Bajura, Guanacaste.
As part of the Agritrade Platform, Guatemala will participate for the 27th time in PMA Fresh Summit, the most important international trade show and convention of fruits and vegetables in the United States, which will take place at Anaheim Convention Center, California from October 17th to 19th.
The Farmer Training and Development Program (EDA - Entrenamiento y Desarrollo de Agricultores), aims to increase the productivity, market access and business skills of small- and medium-sized farmers and their employees through technical assistance in the production and marketing of high-value horticultural crops.
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