Pineapple Production and its Challenges

At the beginning of 2019 there were 44,500 hectares dedicated to fruit cultivation in Costa Rica, however, because of high production costs and a drop in international prices, by 2021 the cultivated area could fall to 38,000 hectares.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Directors of the National Chamber of Pineapple Producers and Exporters (Canapep) explained that the fall in the price of pineapple internationally is because of increased competition, since countries such as Colombia, Ecuador and Panama, have managed to gain market share in the U.S. and Europe.

Abel Chaves, president of the guild, explained to Elobservadorcr.com that "... the forecast (of the fall of the cultivated area) has already taken form with the departure of two farms in the sector of Los Chiles, which individually represent 1,500 hectares.

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Chaves added that "... in May, 20 million fewer cases were exported, compared to the same period in 2018. The figures of the Foreign Trade Promoter show a 12% decrease in export volume. We believe that it will be the behavior by the end of the year, which will affect, to a large extent, the country's economy, as it would represent $100 million less."

Reports from CentralAmericaData state that in the first nine months of 2018 the main exporter of pineapple in Central America continued to be by far Costa Rica, with $779 million, followed by Honduras, with $27 million, Panama, with $10 million, Guatemala, with $9 million, and Nicaragua and El Salvador did not report foreign sales.

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After reaching a $200 million record in exports in 2016, in 2018 the value of pineapple juice sold by Costa Rican companies abroad fell to $104 million.

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Complicated Panorama for Pineapples

August 2018

Low international prices, overproduction and greater competition from markets such as the Philippines, is worrying Costa Rican pineapple exporters.

On top of those factors is also the fact that exports to China have not grown as much as expected, due to complications faced in getting the product there in perfect condition. According to the exporters themselves, this difficulty   "... is taking Costa Rica out of the market, as it takes between 28 and 30 days to arrive and it is estimated that a maximum of 20 days is required to maintain the quality intact."

Shortage of Land for Growing Pineapple in Costa Rica

August 2010

Traditional pineapple growing regions have become saturated by rapid crop expansion.

Costa Rica currently has 40,000 net hectares used for growing pineapple, located in the north and Atlantic regions of the country.

Abel Chaves, president of the Costa Rican Pineapple Growers and Exporters Association (Canapep), indicated that it is unlikely that the sector will continue to grow at the same rate it has managed until now, suggesting that production may already have reached its peak.

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