Costa Rica: End of Moratorium on Pineapple Cultivation

The 90-day closed season on pineapple crops in the northern part of the country ends on October 25, while farmers report that the ban was not respected and that the stable fly plague persists.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

An article on Nacion.com reports that in June and July of this year the SENASA issued bans " ... through means of decrees on the demolition of pineapple plants, in both cases for 90 days. This prohibition prevented the re-planting or planting of farms in affected areas. The first prohibition was published in La Gaceta on June 1 and affected the Cutris District in the Canton of San Carlos de Alajuela and the town of San Rafael de Río Cuarto de Alajuela and its validity has already expired. The second decree came out in another issue of La Gaceta on July 24 of this year and will run until October 24, according to the Senasa. This affected the district of Pital del Cantón de San Carlos de Alajuela, which includes, among others, the towns of Los Angeles, Boca Sahino, Boca Tapada, Boca Tres Amigos, Cabra, Canacas, Caño Chu, Cerro Blanco (San Marcos), Cuatro Esquinas, Chaparrón, Chirivico (Coopeisabel), Encanto, Fama (Carmen), Flor, I Greiga, Josefina, Legua, Ojoche, Ojochito, Palmar, Piedra Alegre, Puerto Escondido, Quebrada Grande, Sahino, San Luis, Santa Elena, Tigre, Trinchera, Vegas, Veracruz, Lapuel (partial), Vuelta Tablón and Yucatan. "

" ... this ban caused delays in the crop cycle of this fruit and will generate estimated losses of 9.5 million 12 kg boxes for the 2018 harvest, which represents about $52 million," said Abel Chaves, president of National Chamber of Producers and Exporters of Pineapple (Canapep), at the time of establishing the second ban."

According to Alvaro Álvarez, president of the Pital's Livestock Commission, "pineapple growers, especially the big ones, did not comply with the MAG's orders and, therefore, the population of the fly remains very high".

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Limits on Pineapple Cultivation

August 2017

Costa Rican pineapple producers are opposed to the temporary ban imposed by Senasa on tearing down plants on farms in three locations in the northern zone, arguing that it does not allow for replanting and will affect the 2018 harvest.

The National Animal Health Service (Senasa) argued that it took the decision in order to prevent the spread of stable fly disease, but pineapple producers in Pital and Cutris, Sal Carlos, and San Rafael, in Rio Cuarto de Alajuela, have questioned the measure and say that it will generate significant losses in the current harvest.

Costa Rica: Use of Brommacil in Pineapple Crops Banned

May 2017

The herbicide which is generally used in pineapple plantations will be prohibited once the decree announced by the Solís administration has been published.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) reported that from the publication of the decree, a period of six months will be granted to stop using the chemical in plantations. In that period, the authorities explained, pineapple producers must make the transition towards the use of other techniques to combat weeds in this crop. 

Ruling Lifts Ban on Pineapple Crops

February 2013

A provisional ruling by the Supreme Court of Justice of Costa Rica has overturned a city ordinance banning the cultivation of pineapple, which aimed to prevent the activity's environmental impact.

Nacion.com reports that "The Fourth Chamber has ruled in favor of an appeal filed by the National Chamber of Pineapple Producers and Exporters (Canapep) against the decision of the Municipality of Pococí declaring a moratorium on the planting of this fruit in the territory of this canton. The ruling overturned the municipal agreement, taken on March 12, 2012, thereby reopening pineapple cultivation in Guápiles and its surrounding areas "

Pineapple Cultivation Veto in Costa Rica

May 2012

Two municipalities in the Costa Rican Caribbean have extended and reinforced a ban on agricultural, industrial or commercial activities related to pineapples.

The Caribbean cantons of Pocosí and Guácimo have extended the moratorium on pineapples because of vulnerability of the land used and problems of environmental regulation.

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