Panama Betting Big On Pineapple

With government support, the country has set out to surpass Costa Rica as the leading exporter of the fruit.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

The announcement was made by José Domingo Arias, Commerce and Industries minister, who explained that the plan includes implementing technologies to increase output and policies to improve commercialization.

The minister added that "... Panama has the climatic conditions to surpass its neighbor in the short term. Some regions like La Chorrea, Capira and Azuero enjoy ideal weather for the fruit, without the sharp temperature variations that happen in Costa Rica..."

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