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Costa Rica's Sugar Production Set to Increase

30 April 2012
USDA Foreign Agricultural Service

COSTA RICA - Costa Rica’s sugar cane production in 2011/2012 is expected to increase to 3,750,000 MT as compared to 3,320,000 MT in 2010/2011 (13 per cent higher).

Sugar cane is expected to increase 9 per cent to 390,000 MT in 2011/2012 as compared to 355,000 MT during the previous crop year.

Relatively favorable weather during 2011 resulted in higher output. The sugar sector had experienced very negative weather conditions during 2010 which resulted in lower crop yields in 2010/2011.

Higher production is expected in 2012/2013, assuming weather conditions are relatively normal during 2012. Some of the main production areas in the Guanacaste region tend to suffer flooding during the rainy season.

Although sugar cane is fairly resistant to flooding, some areas remain under water for a longer period of time resulting in higher losses. Costa Rica has continued to export its US quota allocation and has been able to take advantage of additional volumes allocated under the US WTO sugar quota.

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