Avocado: Ambitious Plan for Costa Rica

The government announced that it is planning to increase the area planted with avocado from 2,000 to 4,500 hectares, in order to meet the demand for the fruit on the local market.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) reported that the National Avocado Plan will serve as an instrument to guide the management of agricultural sector institutions towards strengthening the cultivation of this fruit.

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Renato Alvarado Rivera, head of MAG, said that "since this is a long-cycle crop, our goals are medium and long term.  However, from now on, we are orienting the actions of the institutions of the Agricultural Sector, so that the necessary activities are developed that allow the strengthening of this activity and we can cover the national demand of avocado in a suitable term."

The official statement explains that in detail, the Plan suggests as goals the increase of avocado area in the highlands and lowlands, since the production of both is complemented, allowing having national supply throughout the year. Currently, 2,000 hectares planted with avocado are reported in the hands of 900 producers. The area of Los Santos is identified as the main producer of high altitude avocado, while the Central Pacific registers the largest area planted with low altitude avocado. See National Plan for Strengthening the Avocado Sector.

This announcement is made in a context of protectionism to avocado production in Costa Rica, since since May 2014, Costa Rican authorities decided to ban the import of avocado from Mexico, arguing the existence of the disease called sun spot.

So far, the trade dispute remains unresolved, although it has been announced that the World Trade Organization (WTO) resolution could be known by the end of 2020.

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