Farmers Demand Government Assistance

May 21, 2004

THE Costa Rican Agronomists’Association is asking the government takeurgent measures to save the country’sagricultural sector from a potential crisisthat could wipe out many farmers.Association president Eugenio Porrasblamed the impending crisis on the lackof an adequate national development planfor agriculture, the daily Al Día reported.Rodolfo Coto, Minister of Agriculture,said the government needs to take immediateaction. He assured farmers he wouldpresent President Abel Pacheco with aplan containing clear policies for the sectorby the end of this month.The policies he will propose aim tohelp farmers prepare for the new challengesthey would face under the proposedCentral American Free-Trade Agreement(CAFTA) with the United States.Coto promised concrete actions wouldbe taken to assist the country’s strugglingbean growers. Although he rejected theidea of subsidizing beans, Coto said thegovernment would offer bean growerstechnical assistance and seeds, amongother things.During the last decade, Costa Ricanbean production has dropped by more thantwo-thirds. Last year, the country produced9,000 tons of beans, compared to 34,000tons in 1994. Local producers are able tosupply only 23% of the 40,000 tons ofbeans Costa Ricans consume each year.A further drop is expected this year.Heavy rains in the Northern Zone havealready destroyed 3,900 tons of beans,according to agriculture officials.

You may be interested

Victorious Champions coach celebrates Costa Rica-style: ‘This is pura vida’
Keylor Navas
33 views
Keylor Navas
33 views

Victorious Champions coach celebrates Costa Rica-style: ‘This is pura vida’

Katherine Stanley - May 27, 2018

Costa Rican superstar goalie Keylor Navas has made his mark on the field for Real Madrid, but also on the…

5 questions for Costa Rican artist Rossella Matamoros
Weekend Arts Spotlight
45 views
Weekend Arts Spotlight
45 views

5 questions for Costa Rican artist Rossella Matamoros

Elizabeth Lang - May 27, 2018

Using art in all its possible expressions has motivated Rossella Matamoros for more than two decades. At home in Costa Rica…

Costa Rica’s Keylor Navas, Real Madrid nab third consecutive Champions title
Keylor Navas
148 views
Keylor Navas
148 views

Costa Rica’s Keylor Navas, Real Madrid nab third consecutive Champions title

Katherine Stanley - May 26, 2018

Costa Rica's star goalie, Keylor Navas, continued his historic march through world football as his club team, Real Madrid, won…