Costa Rica: New Price for Rice

Starting January the 73.6 kg. bag will cost producers ¢ 20,050 ($ 39.3).

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Producers had proposed a price of ¢ 21,372 ($ 41.89).

Oscar Campos, president of the National Assembly of Rice Producers, said that in exchange for a reduction in the price, the Government was to implement a program to improve competitiveness until 2020.

Oscar Campos, from Nacion.com, reports about the program "... the government must improve infrastructure, provide improved seeds to producers and ensure equipment and machinery for planting and harvesting, as well as purchasing the rice."

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Rice Problem in Costa Rica Returns

January 2012

Producers are complaining about the government’s unfulfilled promises to place their crops in the market, and demanding an end to rice imports.

Producers in the Guanacaste area are protesting again, demanding that the government respects a promise agreed last November, which, according to the rice growers, would resolve the placement of more than five thousand tons of rice which has been stored in dry silos, both public and private, since September 2011.

Costa Rica Presents National Rice Policy

January 2011

The proposal provides for a gradual shift in the pricing mechanism.

Within general guidelines, the proposal is valid for three years and aims to improve access to credit, training as well as business management and infrastructure.

"It also contemplates signing agreements for the National Production Council (CNP) to relocate their infrastructure and improve productivity in conjunction with programs from the Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA),” reports the article in Elfinancierocr.com.

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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