Costa Rica Pineapple Growers Foresee a Good 2009

Exporters and producers estimate that they will maintain last year’s shipment levels and prices.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009 reported: "The producer's sale price has held at $0.30 per kilo this year while at a packing plant the price has ranged between $4.75 and $5.25 per 12-kilo box, reported the newspaper La Nación, citing data from the National Chamber of Pineapple Exporters and Producers. 'These prices are equal to those in 2008, so the sector is stable,' said the president of the Chamber, Abel Chaves, to the newspaper."

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Rain Causes Losses of $2.5 million for Pineapple Industry

October 2011

In Costa Rica, October’s excessive rain has caused losses of $2.5 million in the sector.

Abel Chaves, president of the Chamber of Pineapple Producers and Exporters (Canapep in Spanish) explained that the losses include damage to plantations, delays in the preparation of crop areas, damage to farm infrastructure (bridges, canals and roads) and increases in transportation costs to ports of embarkation.

Costa Rican Ministry of the Economy to intervene in pineapple market

August 2008

Authorities are carrying out the corresponding studies in order to apply a price setting policy that is similar to the one for bananas.

To achieve this, a cost model similar to the one for banana producers, but with adjustments for pineapples, will be used.
Currently the price for pineapples is set by the market (demand and supply) and small farmers paid for their product with prices that are unilaterally set.

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