$3 Million for Rice Mill

Beginning in December this year, rice growers from the province of Chiriquí, Panamá, will have the country's biggest rice mill.

Monday, July 27, 2009

The new infrastructure from the Rice Growers Association of Chiriquí (APACH) will be located in Alanje, in the province of Chiriquí, and will have a storage capacity of half a million quintals.

"The new mill, property of APACH, will store 200 quintals per hour. Producers have started visiting supermarket chains, in order to market the new product", according to an article in Laestrella.com.pa. "The objective of the project is for rice growers to obtain better prices and reduce dependence for traditional mills".

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Honduras: Agreement to Increase Rice Production

April 2014

Rice growers are committed to producing 100 million quintals more than in the previous crop and the government is committed to buying 100% of the production, but at the same price as last year.

The agreement aims to end the problems encountered last year between the government and the industry, which proposed importing rice in order to supply the domestic market in the face of lower local production.

Plague Threatens Rice in Panama

October 2013

30% of grain plantations in the province of Chiriqui are being affected by an outbreak of the mite Spinky.

This pest is "... considered one of the most hazardous in the world, having the peculiarity of multiplying very fast in plantations and thereby affecting yields per hectare", reported Prensa.com.

New Rice Plant in Costa Rica

September 2013

Corporación Arrocera de Costa Rica has invested $3 million in order to increase its production capacity by 60 million quintals per month.

Elfinancierocr.com reports that "Despite being in a competitive market where there are many brands and companies involved, Cacsa claims to have about a 20.3% share of the rice market.

Panama Will Need to Import More Rice in 2012

November 2011

Domestic production from this agricultural cycle will leave a shortfall of 9,000 hectares.

While the Panamanian rice sector has never been able to satisfy domestic demand, in this cycle it will be even more dependent on imports. In 2010, 64,400 hectares were planted and 1.2 million bushels of grain had to be imported, while at present only 57,456 have been planted, falling far short of the projected target of 68,000.

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