Less Organic Farming in Costa Rica

Despite a law passed in 2006 promoting the sector, areas used for organic crops declined by 25% between 2006 and 2009.

Monday, December 6, 2010

According to information reported by the Accreditation and Registration Program of Organic Agriculture, in 2006 the country had 10.711 hectares devoted to organic products, of which only 8.052 remain in 2009.

"The law, issued in September 2006, allows exemption from income tax for 10 years, the elimination of taxes on inputs and sales tax, but it also requires certification in order to qualify for the legal benefits," explains the article in Nacion.com.

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Guatemala: Plague in Grain Crops

September 2016

Producers in the southern region reported damage to corn and sugar cane caused by the insect known as the lace bug.

Authorities at the Ministry of Agriculture (Maga) confirmed to Prensalibre.com that about 1,000 hectares of maize in Retalhuleu have been affected by the plague. 

Costa Rica: Organic Agriculture Down 33%

July 2014

Between 2010 and 2011 the amount of land sown with seeds for organic products was reduced from 11,115 hectares to 7,448 hectares.

The reduction in revenues from developed markets due to the economic crisis and high production costs may be the reasons behind the reduction in the global demand for organic products, by companies in this sector.

GM Crops Grown In Costa Rica Since 1991

February 2013

In the last 22 years 10,600 hectares of GM crops have been cultivated for biotech research purposes or for seed production.

In Costa Rica genetically modified crops have been planted since 1991, when the national company Los Gansos S. A. applied for permits to import and plant genetically modified soy.

Livestock Sector Changing Due to Palm Planting

July 2012

In the Honduran region of Aguán the high price of palm oil has led to growth of the crop at the expense of livestock production.

Livestock used to be one of the most important activities in the region, but now only occupies 20% of the territory.

"While some have decided to work their land in a diversified way livestock is declining in this area because the materials, the price of milk and meat have dropped and are no longer as profitable as they were a few years ago", reported Laprensa.hn

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