Little data is available, but domestic sales are estimated to be around US $ 900,000, with almost the same value of exports.
According to the latest statistics 8004 hectares are under organic management. This constitutes about 0.3 percent of the country's agricultural land. More than half of the organic area are bananas, followed by coffee and cocoa.
Consumer Preferences & Channels
Key domestic products are banana crops, coffee, sugar cane and palm. But they are also developing vegetable crops, citrus, mango, rice and bean production.
Domestic consumption is dominated by vegetables and herbs used for teas, whereas key export products are cocoa, coffee, mashed banana and orange juice. No information was available concerning the price difference between conventional and organic products
70 percent of the products grown are reportedly exported to the Netherlands (7'700 tons), followed by Belgium and Germany.
Little data exists on domestic routes to market
Organic Agriculture Regulation Decree No. 29782 - 2001 (in Spanish) modifies No. 25834 of 1997 and 29067 of 2000.
The European Union's organic production rules are not formally recognized as equivalent by Costa Rica.
The countries interested in exporting organic products to Costa Rica, must request to be included on a list of reciprocity established by the Ministry of Agriculture and it must provide:
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