Costa Rica Forced to Import Rice

Lack of rain has caused the loss of 400 hectares in the north of the country.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Foreseeing these problems, the National Rice Corporation (CONARROZ) had already negotiated the purchase of 45.000 tons from the United States, with an additional 10.000 tons to be brought in next February.

Eduardo Rojas, president of CONARROZ, said that "supply is guaranteed, however, we will request the government to declare an agriculture emergency", in a article.

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