Agricultural Exports Increase 16%

October 20, 2006

Costa Rican agricultural exports generated $1.2 billion during the first eight months of this year, showing a 16% increase over the $1 billion this industry grossed during the same period in 2005, according to the Foreign Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER).

The main agricultural products exported were bananas, pineapple, coffee, melons and ornamental plants.

Banana has been the strongest agricultural export so far this year ($398 million), showing a 28% increase over the first eight months of last year.

Costa Rica is the second largest exporter of bananas in the world behind Ecuador, whose annual sales reach about $500 million.

The second strongest Costa Rican agricultural export so far this year has been pineapple, whose sales reached $284 million, a 31% increase over last year.

Exports of coffee, however, have seen a 3.4% decrease during the first eight months of the year over the same period last year, when the product generated $203 million.

After bananas, pineapple and coffee, melon has earned the most in exports ($84 million), followed by ornamental plants ($54 million).

During the first eight months of the year, Costa Rica s total exports reached $5.4 billion, 18% more than the $4.5 billion sold during this period in 2005.

 

You may be interested

Honduran opposition protesters take to the streets
Central America
236 views
Central America
236 views

Honduran opposition protesters take to the streets

Noe Leiva / AFP - December 15, 2017

Supporters of the leftist opposition in Honduras blocked streets in various cities around that country on Friday, despite political repression,…

Of snow, kindness and Northern Lights: a Costa Rican in Manitoba, Canada
Please Send Coffee!
1379 views
Please Send Coffee!
1379 views

Of snow, kindness and Northern Lights: a Costa Rican in Manitoba, Canada

Gustavo Díaz Cruz - December 14, 2017

My mom named me Gustavo Adolfo. I was born in Puntarenas, next to the sea, but my home was in…

Response to disaster: aid successes, struggles in post-Maria Puerto Rico
Weather
1258 views
Weather
1258 views

Response to disaster: aid successes, struggles in post-Maria Puerto Rico

John McPhaul - December 13, 2017

As Costa Rica joins many other nations in looking back upon the horrendous 2017 hurricane season, longtime Tico Times contributor…