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Costa Rica Reports Heavy Losses in Vegetable Production

Vegetable production in Costa Rica will lose more than us$40 million this year due to continuing rains in Central America and the collapse of its road infrastructure, according to industry sources.

Vegetable growers have reported serious effects on the production of lettuce, garlic, cabbage, broccoli, and other crops, with preliminary figures showing an almost 50% reduction, said Luis Felipe Arauz, a food and agriculture analyst from the Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR) - University of Costa Rica.

The situation is the result of intense rains in recent weeks associated with tropical storms Matthew and Nicole. The collapse of the main highways to and from the Pacific coast and Northern zone this past week added to the problems faced by producers, as their products cannot get to market.

Meanwhile, the vice president of the group Costa Rica Consumers, Gilberto Campos, highlighted that consumers will be those most affected by the vegetable situation, which will bring higher prices.

According to estimates, the prices of some agricultural products will rise 30 to 40 percent higher in coming days, he warned.




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