Costa Rica: Authorities and Rice Producers Analyze Rice Subsidy

The parties created a working group to come up with a solution to the conflict generated by rice subsidies.

Monday, October 11, 2010

The problem arose by questioning submitted to the World Trade Organization (WTO) from 35 countries.

La Nacion, reports on their website, "The basic point of the problem is the price of the grain. This is the only product which price continues to be set by law."

Although at this moment, no lawsuits have been presented, the Ministry of Foreign Trade said the claims may be indicative of potential lawsuits.

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Costa Rica: $104 million in Rice Subsidies in 2011

May 2012

In the last 5 years the pricing system in force has transferred more than $390 million from the pockets of consumers to rice producers.

A statement of the Ministry of Commerce reads:

Rice sector subsidies in excess of $100 million for the second year

San Jose, May 8th, 2012.

Pressure Piles On Costa Rica to Remove Rice Subsidies

April 2011

The country presented its new national rice policy before the World Trade Organization.

It aims to address competitiveness issues and to solve the lack of compliance with international regulations on domestic agricultural subsidies.

Although this new strategy was welcomed at the WTO, many countries believe it is not enough, especially because the country has not specified a date to remove the subsidy mechanism.

Price of Rice Reduced for Costa Rican Producers

October 2010

The Ministry of Economy signed a decree to reduce the price of rice to domestic producers.

The Minister of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG), Gloria Abraham, announced the decree without giving further details on pricing.

La Nacion, on its website, includes comments from the minister: "The price of rice paid by the industry to producers has been set at ¢ 24,315 per 73.6 kilos bag since 2008, ...

Controversy Over Rice Subsidy

October 2010

The multimillion dollar figures which Costa Rica spends on protecting rice production has sparked controversy between critics of the system and producers.

The issue was exposed to the public when a group of countries complained before the World Trade Organization (WTO) (see

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