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Strengthening production

Costa Rica: Avocado producers and Government prepare National Avocado Plan

The national avocados producers and the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) formulated the National Avocado Plan to update the information regarding the plantations in the country and to develop several workshops.

The goal of the plan is to strengthen the activity in the country. In total, two prospective review workshops will be held. The first one will be held on November 28 and the second one on December 6, 2018. Both will be held at the headquarters of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) in Coronado.

The workshops will involve technicians and producers from all regions of the country, mainly from avocado producing areas, such as the Central Pacific, the Santos Zone, and the Central Western region. Specialists from the CNP will also attend the workshops.

The MAG is collecting data within these production areas to update its information. The goal is to update the information collected in the 2014 Census, which includes the number of producers, location, planted area, level of farm productivity, and fruit varieties, among other issues.

"This Plan is a tool that will allow avocado producers to define goals and objectives, reinforce actions, and identify the opportunities and weaknesses of their activity," said Deputy Minister Quiros Soto.

Hass avocado is produced mainly in the cantons of Dota, Tarrazu, Leon Cortes, and Frailes de Desamparados. This variety accounts for 80% of the production.

A great amount of this variety was exported while there was a shortage of this product in the in the national market. As of May 2018, Costa Rica's avocado production accounts for nearly 35% of the national supply, according to MAG estimates.

In 2017, the country imported 7,738 metric tons of this fruit to supply 65% ​​of the demand.



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