Less Industrial Crops in Costa Rica

Between 2014 and 2016, the amount of land sown with crops such as coffee, palm hearts, oil palm and sugar cane, was reduced by almost 8%.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Coffee, oil palm, sugar cane, orange, palmito, cocoa, coconut, pepper and tobacco are some of the crops classified as industrial, due to the processes through which they must pass before being consumed.  

Read also: "Figures on Crops in Central America"

Nacion.com reports that "...In 2014, Costa Rica had 268,689 hectares dedicated to this type of crop and in 2016 the area fell to 248,619 hectares, according to a report from the Executive Secretariat on Planning for the Agricultural Sector (Sepsa)."

In the case of coffee, the area sown fell from 93,774 hectares in 2014 to just over 84,000 last year. 

"... Comparing a slightly longer period, the figures show that between 2010 and 2016 the cultivation of these products fell by only 1%.  This result implies that between 2010 and 2014 there was an increase in the area sown of 7% and then there was a fall."

Among the reasons that could account for the reduction are diseases that affect some crops, such as rust, and other external factors such as international prices and variations in international demand.

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