Rice growers have to live with imports

Rice growers will get no special protection from the government this month.

The Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Comercio said Tuesday that it would not impose restrictions on imports.

Rice growers have complained that imports threaten to damage the national industry.

The ministry said that it is doing a study to see what the impact on rice has been. That study is expected to be done in a month, so the ministry said that this is a short period to impose restrictions.

Rice is a protected commodity in Costa Rica, and rice growers have used their political weight to get subsidies from the government. Of course this has an impact on the price of rice that shoppers have to pay.

The ministry plans a public hearing next week.

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