Costa Rica: Banana Production Figures Improve

In 2016 a record 120 million boxes of 18 kilos were exported, generating revenues of $986 million, and productivity rose from 2,339 boxes per hectare in 2015 to 2,800 last year.

Monday, February 13, 2017

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2016 was a good year for the banana sector in Costa Rica, which registered a significant rise compared to results seen in previous years. Compared to 2015 not only did overall productivity improve, but sales grew in value and volume.

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Figures from the National Banana Corporation (Corbana) indicate that in 2016 volume figures reached 120 million boxes of 18.14 kilos, generating revenues of nearly $1 billion. Among the factors behind this recovery are better weather conditions and a decline in rainfall. reports that "...The good results in 2016 also reversed three years of low productivity, measured in boxes per hectare per year. Last year 2,800 cases were obtained per hectare per year compared to 2,339 cases in 2015 and 2,564 boxes per hectare obtained in 2014."

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