Sunday was the Día Nacional del Agricultor, and rice farmers voiced their support for small producers. The government, meanwhile, said that new trade agreements with China and Singapore would boost demand of farm products.
Meanwhile, lawmakers have invited some 30 producers from all over the country to set up stands at the legislature Tuesday to sell their goods. Jorge Gamboa Corrales of the Partido Acción Ciudadana said that the invited farmers would not only exhibit their products but also sell them.
He said that women from the countryside were invited from Puriscal, Cartago, Sarchí, Zarcero, Santa Ana and Escazú. He noted that the Upala region is famous for its beans and that Santa Ana is known as a producer of fine onions.
The Asociación Nacional de Productores Arroceros said Friday that its rice farmers needed better financing and quicker payment.
In Costa Rica 60 producers control 36,000 hectares (88,958 acres) of rice, and some 180 producers control 30,000 hectares (74,132 acres) more, said the rice producer organization. The producers who need government help are the 1,200 who work a total of 15,000 hectares (37,066 acres), the organization said.
The goal would be for the government to establish policies that are directed at these small producers, the organization said.
Meanwhile, Luis Liberman, vice president, visited San Carlos to repeat the Chinchilla administration’s promise to strengthen agriculture.
He said the government would push educational programs in business, technology and innovation for the nation’s farmers. He also said that the government would overhaul several institutions that are designed to help farmers. Included would be the Consejo Nacional de Producción, he said.
He also promised a review of prices that are set by the Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Comercio and he said he hoped the Asamblea Legislativa would quickly approve trade treaties with the People’s Republic of China and Singapore to expand the marketplace for farmers.