Crops: Prohibitions in Costa Rica

A guideline was issued prohibiting the planting of pineapple, banana, rice, grasses, oil palm and other monocultures in forest reserves, buffer zones, national parks, biological reserves, national wildlife refuges, wetlands and natural monuments.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

According to Directive No. 0006-2020 of June 26 issued by the Ministry of Environment and Energy (Minae), it exempts forestry plantations from the prohibitions contained in the document.

You may be interested in "Central America: Crop Monitoring" reviews that "... the document orders any Minae agency and bodies under its management to refrain from promoting any type of conciliation or other alternative dispute resolution measure in the case of criminal or administrative proceedings, when the crimes or misdemeanors are linked to monocultures resulting from such activity."

Carlos Manuel Rodríguez, head of the Minae, explained that "... This directive seeks to stop any authorization, permit, license or environmental viability of this type of activity in protected areas. In these areas, when it is private property, agricultural activities that are low impact are allowed, but monocultures are of intensive use of area, water and chemicals and that is incompatible with the purpose of our productive wild areas."

Pineapple producers are one of the sectors that must adhere to these regulations and according to official estimates, the area planted with this fruit in Costa Rica is around 66,000 hectares.

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