Rice Problem in Costa Rica Returns

Producers are complaining about the government’s unfulfilled promises to place their crops in the market, and demanding an end to rice imports.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Producers in the Guanacaste area are protesting again, demanding that the government respects a promise agreed last November, which, according to the rice growers, would resolve the placement of more than five thousand tons of rice which has been stored in dry silos, both public and private, since September 2011.

In addition, they are demanding that rice imports of milled rice from Uruguay and Argentina be halted, reported La Prensa Libre on its website.

"Our harvest is being stored while milled rice is being imported from Uruguay and Argentina. The rice crop from September has not even been paid for let alone invoiced, government mediation has failed", said Olger Rojas, a producer from Guanacaste according to the website.

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Costa Rica: Attempts to Stop Rice Imports

June 2014

Rice producers fear not being able to sell their rice harvest because of the entry of rice from countries such as Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay at much lower prices than local ones.

"At great risk are 60,000 hectares of rice, for which there is no known market for this production because Costa Rica is being invaded by milled rice imports from southern countries (Argentina and Uruguay)," said the new President of the National Assembly of Rice Producers, Domingo González. "

Costa Rica: Safeguarding Rice Imports

January 2014

A request by the National Rice Corporation for a protectionist trade measure is being analyzed by the government.

The Costa Rican government is discussing the possible application of a safeguard measure on imports of rice from Argentina and Uruguay. The measure was requested by the National Rice Corporation (Conarroz).

Extension of Rice Protectionism in Costa Rica

January 2014

The extension of the deadline for the implementation of the decree that eliminates the rice price fixing mechanism, represents a transfer of $75 million from the pockets of consumers towards the rice sector.

For years other countries have criticized the pricing of rice in Costa Rica considering it a subsidy and violation of defined limits.

Costa Rica: New Price for Rice

October 2010

Starting January the 73.6 kg. bag will cost producers ¢ 20,050 ($ 39.3).

Producers had proposed a price of ¢ 21,372 ($ 41.89).

Oscar Campos, president of the National Assembly of Rice Producers, said that in exchange for a reduction in the price, the Government was to implement a program to improve competitiveness until 2020.

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