Proposal to WTO for Rice Subsidies

The Costa Rican government is preparing an urgent proposal to solve its incompliance with trade regulations.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The proposal must be submitted by the end of September when the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Agriculture Group meets. However, first it needs to be negotiated with domestic rice growers and exporters.

Fernando Ocampo, Foreign Trade vice-minister, told that, "the proposal will take into account four considerations: compliance with WTO rules, consumer protection, support for growers and industry interests".

Óscar Campo, president of the National Association of Producers, reiterated that the sector will not accept direct help, such as production subsidies.

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