Costa Rica: Rice Growers Against Pacific Alliance

The National Rice Corporation states that adhering to the regional initiative blights what has been achieved in bilateral agreements with each country in the Alliance.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The Costa Rican agro industry has closed ranks against the country's accession to the Pacific Alliance. Both producers and the minister himself, Luis Felipe Arauz, have stated that the agreement is unfavorable for products such as rice, coffee, swine, beef cattle, ornamental flowers and strawberry growers.

See also: "Costa Rica: Agro Against Pacific Alliance"

This time the request by rice farmers has been made to President Luis Guillermo Solis. Minor Barboza, executive director of the National Rice Corporation (Conarroz) told that "... from the agricultural point of view, Costa Rica has a large disadvantage compared to the countries in this bloc, which puts us in a delicate position, and there are also bilateral agreements with each of the member countries in the Pacific Alliance. We are clear that this Alliance aims to accelerate the process of tariff reduction, including for sensitive products."

See also: "Costa Rica: Yes and No to Pacific Alliance"

"... The call of the rice growers comes on top of a statement made by the Agricultural National Alliance (ANA), composed of the Union of Independent Activities Producers (UPIAV), the National Council of Cooperatives (Conacoop), the National Chamber of Agriculture and Agribusiness ( CNAA) and the National Union of Small and Medium Agricultural Producers (Upanacional) ".

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