Milk Shortage in Costa Rica?

Producers are predicting lower production and an increase in costs because of the effects of El Niño, estimating a 15% drop in milk production in September and October.

Monday, July 14, 2014

The National Association of Milk Producers of Costa Rica (Proleche) does not believe that the end consumer prices will increase substantially, but estimates an increase in maintenance costs of farms because of climatic effects on soils.

José Antonio Madriz, Proleche's president, told that "... 'When it rains, it rains too much and that produces disasters on farms such as landslides and washed out roads. Added to this, the cows lower their production substantially because of the influence of very wet nights ... in the lower reaches, the river floods are dangerous. 'El Niño' produces an uneven type of rainfall.'"

"... In contrast, the dry season arrive in July and August in the middle of the rainy season. For producers there is no normal climate which would allow them to predict usual levels of work."

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