Foliage and Ferns: Decline of a Good Business

In Costa Rica the number of registered firms exporting ferns and foliage fell from 78 to 48 between 2008 and 2013 while exports fell by 46%.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The international crisis that began in late 2008 significantly affected the export sector of foliage and ferns in Costa Rica, which to date has not been recovered the levels prior to the onslaught of the crisis =.

The Fall of exports from $77 million in 2008 to $41 million last year forced many companies to diversify their business and engage in other crops with greater projection in the international market, such as organic vegetables.

"The Superior Greens category, for example, has been harshly affected since 2008, in light of the sharp drop in exports of the fern known as leather leaf. Jorge Gutierrez, manager of special projects for the company, told that". greenhouses which were dedicated to ferns are used to produce tomatos to export to markets in Canada and some countries in the Caribbean. "

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