Changes to Rice Price System in Costa Rica

The National Rice Corporation and the Government have agreed to move towards an alternative to the price fixing scheme.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

"It was also decided to establish a process of transition to manage the market and increase productivity in the sector, which should be ready this week," reported

The agreement came after the results of the study entitled "Current Mechanism for the estimation and identification of rice prices under the context of the marketing chain," conducted by the Institute of Economics at the University of Costa Rica (UCR) , which indicates that currently, price fixing does not take into account various aspects of the reality of the national and international market.

In addition, it was agreed to work together to implement an accompanying agenda proposed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG).

"We are very satisfied with the achievements (...), which will only benefit low-income consumers, while promoting productivity and improvement in the sector with emphasis on small producers," said Economy Minister , Mayi Antillon.
"I am very pleased that finally a long two year process has been concluded by signing an agenda for improving the competitiveness of the rice sector, where small rice farmers can receive the necessary technical and financial support," said Gloria Abraham, head of the MAG.

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