Costa Rica Needs to Import Beans

The country needs to buy 10,000 metric tons of the grain in order to meet domestic demand from July this year to June 30, 2017.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The National Production Council has recommended that the Ministries of Agriculture and Foreign Trade prepare a decree declaring a bean shortage in the country and authorize its importation. reports that "...According to the explanation given by the institution in a press release, the country needs to buy 10,057 metric tons of beans to meet domestic demand in the period running from 6 July 2016 to 30 June 2017. 'The shortage is defined according to a technical study by the Agricultural Information System (AIS) at the CNP, which this year determined the inventory as of June 1 to be 13,497 metric tons, held in industry and production warehouses, this enough for 3 and a half months consumption, approximately.'"

Arlyne Alfaro, coordinator at the SIA explained that "... current production is 14,178 metric tons of dry and clean beans and covers only 29% of national consumption. "The remaining 71% has to be imported. Domestic consumption has decreased by about 3% in the last two years'."

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