Limits on Pineapple Cultivation

Costa Rican pineapple producers are opposed to the temporary ban imposed by Senasa on tearing down plants on farms in three locations in the northern zone, arguing that it does not allow for replanting and will affect the 2018 harvest.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The National Animal Health Service (Senasa) argued that it took the decision in order to prevent the spread of stable fly disease, but pineapple producers in Pital and Cutris, Sal Carlos, and San Rafael, in Rio Cuarto de Alajuela, have questioned the measure and say that it will generate significant losses in the current harvest.

See also: "Pineapple Exports from Central America Up 6%" reports that "...According to the pineapple producers, the ban on demolitions does not allow for re-planting or sowing the plantation again and that will reduce the 2018 crop by an estimated 9.5 million boxes of 12 kilos, which represents about $52 million.  In addition, in 2019 the calculated reduction in production would be of 4.5 million boxes of 12 kilos, with a value of $25 million, said Abel Chaves, president of the National Chamber of Producers and Exporters of Pineapple (Canapep).

"... As a result of this dispute a joint commission was created that will be in charge of inspecting the crops and eventually adjusting the measure ... According to Chaves, "... the Senasa measure has a geographic orientation only, since it was not based on an inspection of the farms as it should have been. 'We are agreed on punishing those who made the mistake; not all producers."

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