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Costa Rica strengthens its avocado sector with its National Avocado Plan

The Government of Costa Rica will present the National Avocado Plan on Wednesday, January 22. The plan was jointly prepared by the national avocado producers and the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, MAG, with the aim of strengthening the production of this fruit nationwide.

"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.

The Government of Carlos Alvarado created a commission for the avocado sector after a turbulent period for avocado producers and consumers caused by the restrictive measures for the importation of Hass avocado imposed by the administration of the country's former president, Luis Guillermo Solis.

The plan seeks to strengthen technical assistance, research and innovation, the availability of information, marketing, improve the profitability and the strengthening of organizations, among other things.

On May 2015, the Government of Solis applied phytosanitary measures that stopped and continue to stop imports of Mexican avocado and that are incompatible with the obligations of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade and the Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Alberto Montero, of the National Fruit Program of the MAG, said that Costa Rica's Hass avocado production was mainly focused on the area of Los Santos and Frailes de Desamparados, and that the Antiallanas varieties were mainly grown in the lowland area, where the production in the Pacific Central stands out. According to estimates, there are nearly 3,000 hectares and about 1,500 producers devoted to this crop. Consumption stands at nearly 12,000 tons per year. Currently, local production supplies 40% of the demand and the rest is covered by imports.



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