A convention on the rice market and related technology will be held with companies in Central America and other regions from 27 to 29 May.
105 companies, from Latin America, the U.S., Canada, Europe and Africa are already registered for the event and it is expected that eventually there will be 600 members of the global rice industry taking part in the activity.
Local problems generated by fixing the price of the grain have extended to the international arena, sparking protests from exporting countries affected by non-tariff related barriers put in effect.
Argentina's ambassador sent a protest letter to the local Foreign Ministry regarding the requirement that the husked riceimported by Costa Rica be fortified with vitamins in its country of origin. Up until now imported rice has been fortified in Costa Rica after its admission. "According to complaints received from import companies based in Costa Rica, the authorities of this country have turned an internal health regulation into something whimsical, artificial and unreasonable ...", said ambassador Arcuri.
In what seems to be a reaction caused by the rice lobby, the government is now requiring imported rice to be fortified in its country of origin.
11,400 quintals of grain loaded into 21 containers have been detained in the port of Limon, because they violate a rule which states that unhusked rice must have vitamins added to it in its country of origin. The requirement has existed since 2002, but has not be applied until last Friday.
The National Assembly will discuss a bill on rice fortification next Wednesday.
The project consists of fortifying white rice with vitamins and minerals where the government would provide a premix of fortified grain to millers and packers who should then add it to their production.
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