Ag experts from 16 nations are meeting here

Agricultural experts from 16 countries are meeting through Friday at the Hotel Crowne Plaza San José Corobicí.

They include researchers, academics, producers and specialists. The gathering is the 61st meeting of the Programa Cooperativo Centroamericano para el Mejoramiento del Cultivo y Animales.

A summary said that among the first reports was the agricultural situation in Costa Rica where food products are nearly 48 percent of the annual exports.

As with other Latin American countries the poverty is higher in the rural areas even though the various forms of agriculture generate 12.33 percent of the nation’s jobs.

The Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos said that a 2014 census showed that rural poverty averages 22.4 percent but that it reached 36.2 percent in some areas.

The gathering heard that technology and sustainable practices could increase agricultural yield and create more jobs.

The sessions are being sponsored by the Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería and the Instituto Nacional de Innovación y Transferencia en Tecnología Agropecuaria.

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