Rice farms carrying plea to government today

Rice producers are meeting today with central government officials in hopes of getting more incentives for their operations.

A spokesman for the producers said that rice farmers were going out of business and that many have their equipment for sale.

The meeting is at 10 a.m. Costa Rica has been subsidizing its rice farmers for years, but international treaties now limit what can be done. In addition, rice from foreign producers is cheaper than the grain produced here.

Rice farmers were major protesters against the Free Trade Treaty with the United States because they knew that rice from there could be sold here for less cost.

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