Costa Rica: Palm farmers protest decrease in tariff

The reduction from 30% to 15% in the price of palm oil by decree has caused a face off between farmers and the government.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009 reports: "Alice Pineda, executive director of the National Chamber of Palm Farmers (Canapalma), explained that they were in negotiations with the Government when, surprisingly, they learnt of reduction by decree.

The protests in front of the MAG continue, possibly until next week, Pineda explained."

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