COSTA RICA: Food crops on the decline, sugar demand trails supply
Market factors are forcing Central American nations to seek other sources of export earnings than basic food crops. Over the past two years, surpluses of the region's three main cash crops (bananas, coffee, and sugar), have seriously depressed the price of all three. For example, the international price of coffee is roughly 27% percent lower than the production cost in Costa Rica. Costa Rica became the first nation in the region to reduce its dependence on food crops thanks to the arrival of a major computer components plant operated by Intel.
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