Costa Rica Now Buying Avocados from Nicaragua

The ban on importing the fruit from Mexico and other countries has increased the purchases in Nicaragua, where in six months the amount imported was the equivalent to the imports of 2014.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

While the restrictions imposed by the State Phytosanitary Service of Costa Rica have affected Mexican and Guatemalan exporters , Nicaraguans have benefited, and avocado sales could continue to grow if the measure is extended.

Laprensa.com.ni reports that "... Between January 1 and July 7 of this year Costa Rica imported from Nicaragua 1,830,701 kilos of avocado, almost the same as the entire amount purchased by Costa Rican from Nicaraguan producers in 2014, according to figures from the State Phytosanitary Service of the Ministry Agriculture and Livestock of Costa Rica. "

"... Purchases by Costa Rica from Nicaragua have increased since April, coinciding with the restrictions made by the country to the entry of avocado from Mexico, Australia, Spain, Ghana, Guatemala, Israel, South Africa, Venezuela and the State of Florida, in the United States, claiming the existence in these territories of a virus called "sunspot" or "sun blotch", which may spread to Costa Rica. With the restriction having created an enormous controversy, Costa Rican importers looked to emerging markets such as Peru and Nicaragua- a usual seller - in order to supply domestic demand which saw the product become more expensive. "



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The ban on Mexican avocado has led to an increase in imports from Chile, raising its wholesale price by more than 30%, and will cause shortages when locally produced supplies have been exhausted.

Protectionism for the Costa Rican production of avocados introduced by the Solis administration, arguing phytosanitary measures, achieved results that benefited local producers, such as increasing the price of the product and a decline in import volumes (13,061 tons in 2013 vs . 11,187 in 2015). But what is good for the local producer, is bad for consumers who are forced to pay more for the fruit, as well as seeing their right to choose what to consume violated, and eventually being prevented from simply consuming anything at all because there is no supply.

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Costa Rica Protects Its Avocados

May 2015

Warnings are being given of shortages in the market, after the Phytosanitary Service banned the import of the fruit from nine markets.

According to the director of the State Phytosanitary Service (SFE), at the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG), the decision to ban imports of avocados from Australia, Spain, Ghana, Guatemala, Israel, Mexico, South Africa, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and Florida, in the US, was taken to prevent the entry of the virus known as Sun Blotch, present in these markets. The Chamber of Importers of Perishables Products ensures that there will be a shortage because "... only 20% of total consumption (14,000 tonnes) are harvested in Costa Rica."

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