Pineapple: Exports Grow, Despite Controversies

Despite the fact that the Costa Rican pineapple sector has faced complaints of alleged environmental damage, sales abroad have continued to grow, and it remains the number two export product.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Between 2016 and 2017 Costa Rican exports of fruit increased from $905 million to $970 million, which represents an increase of 7%. This rise has occurred in the context of environmental and social complaints, due to the use of agrochemicals and their respective implications.  

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An article by outlines that " ... the activity faces a series of complaints: presumed contamination of aquifers and their impact on aqueducts, excessive use of agrochemicals, monocultures in large areas, stubble deposit or waste from the plant in which the stable fly that attacks cattle reproduces."

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The position of government authorities in relation to the sector's difficulties is that it should support the union, in this regard the Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Luis Felipe Arauz, explained that " ... this productive activity has several problems and that, for that reason, from his office they have taken on the task of looking for the solutions."

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