Critics to Pineapple Producers in Costa Rica

An investigation by The Guardian reported environmental damage from extensive use of fungicides and other agrochemicals.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The report states conditions of high humidity in the Atlantic region of Costa Rica, in whose plains lie major pineapple plantations, allows the emergence of diseases which must be fought with much greater quantities of chemicals than needed in other plantations with less humidity and windier.

With regards to banana production, the report compares 54 treatments with chemicals which Costa Rican plantations require, with 15 treatments required in Ecuador where the climate is less favorable to the Sigatoka fungus, affecting crops worldwide.

The report classifies Costa Rica´s environmental standards as weak, in an industry which has had an explosive growth. Three quarters of pineapples consumed in Europe are grown in Costa Rica.

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Costa Rica Will No Longer Import Methyl Bromide

September 2013

The country has stopped using the chemical which is used to disinfect floors and eliminate pests in crops such as melon, because of its impact on the ozone layer.

This was announced by the Ministry of Environment and Energy (Minae), adding that the country is the first in Central America to ban the use of the agricultural fumigant.

Increased Penetration of African Pineapple in European market

August 2012

Pineapple producers in West Africa are hoping to create new niches for the fruit in the European market, although in recent years they have lost ground to the volumes exported by Costa Rica to that market.

From a statement by Procomer:

Pineapple producers in West Africa are hoping to create new niches for the fruit in the European market, although in recent years they have lost ground to the volumes exported by Costa Rica to that market.

Panamanian and Costa Rican Pineapples in Holland

June 2012

Dutch companies have secured themselves a supply of pineapples by signing an exclusive marketing agreement with Panamanian producers.

A statement from the Costa Rican Trade Office of (PROCOMER) reads:

Panamanian Pineapple is Costa Rica's competition in the Dutch market

Trends in Agrochemicals in Guatemala

May 2012

There has been an increased use of fungicides and herbicides, produced with improved technologies, for the purpose of increasing productivity and environmental protection.

A statement from the Trade Office of Costa Rica reads:

Guatemala is beginning to take the first steps towards implementing new technologies in agrochemicals for crops, with a focus on environmental care and higher yields.

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