Costa Rica canteloupe producers switch to corn

The high cost of fertilizers, losses of 40 percent in the current harvest, and growing demand for grain has convinced many melon and watermelon growers in Costa Rica to switch to corn production.

Monday, July 28, 2008

It's expected that over the next two years at least 30 growers will make the change, which would involve about 2,000 hectares.

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