Costa Rica to Eliminate Rice Subsidy in 2014

The Costa Rican government has informed the WTO that from March next year it will cease the pricing system by which domestic rice producers are subsidized.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

From 1st March 2014 rice subsidies will be removed, which could end the dispute with the U.S. and other WTO members on account of aid given to rice farmers.

In a statement that the Government of Costa Rica sent to the World Trade Organization (WTO), the country said it will eliminate aid for rice farmers through a decree approved last month.

According to, earlier this year the United States accused Costa Rica of breaking the limit allowed, having maintained subsidies for five years, paying $312 million more to farmers, something that Australia, Japan, Pakistan and Canada, also consider illegal.

Costa Rica had repeatedly told the WTO that it was working on a new policy, but first needed to help small farmers improve their competitiveness and could not say when the subsidy would be removed.

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