Legislature OKs $48 million loan for Sardinal wholesale food market

Lawmakers approved for the second and final time a $48 million loan to build a wholesale produce market in Sardinal, Guanacaste. The money would come from the Banco Centroamericano de Integración Centroamericana. The government would put up $4.5 million.

The market will be 50,855 square meters or 547,399 square feet. There would be room for 36 stores of 100 square meters (1,076 square feet) each to sell vegetables and 16 additional stores to sell meat.

There also would be seven cold storage rooms and two tunnels for freezing goods, said a legislative summary.

The measure was No. 19.662.  Lawmakers estimated that the facility would provide jobs for 450 persons.

Lawmakers said the facility would sell more than 58,000 tons of fruits, vegetables and grains, 5,880 tons of beef and pork, nearly 8,000 tons of chicken and eggs and 1.455 tons of seafood, presumably over a year.

Resident of some 11 cantons would benefit, said lawmakers.

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