Rice Cultivation Declines

The rice growing season of 2008-2009, registered a decrease of 22% in the area used for rice cultivation in Costa Rica, from the same period in 2007-2008.

Monday, June 22, 2009

The main causes for the reduction of the harvested area are the contraction of credit during 2008, a product of the international financial crisis, and the international decline in the price for rice during the same year.

According to Nacion.com: ”During the same period in 2007-2008, Costa Rica was able to increase the size of its rice plantations by 10,000 hectares for a total of a little more than 54,000 hectares. However, the area used during the following rice growing season dropped to about 42,000 hectares.”

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Costa Rica Forced to Import Rice

September 2009

Lack of rain has caused the loss of 400 hectares in the north of the country.

Foreseeing these problems, the National Rice Corporation (CONARROZ) had already negotiated the purchase of 45.000 tons from the United States, with an additional 10.000 tons to be brought in next February.

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For the 2008-2009 period, rice growers will plant 58,130 hectares compared to the 47,252 in the 2007-2008 period.

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