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This cooperative located in the town of Parrita in Puntarenas Province includes 33 producing fruit farmers.
- Coope Parrita Tropical R.L photo -

Published Thursday, February 11, 2021

Resumed exportation of Papaya to Canada

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
After several weeks of suspending exportation of papaya to Canada, the single company producing and shipping the fruit to the North American country resumed the shipments.

According to Víctor Carvajal, manager of Coope Parrita Tropical R.L, exports to Toronto were resumed with the shipment of two containers of the fruit, each weighing more than 17,000 kilos, from the port in Limón Province.

This cooperative located in the town of Parrita in Puntarenas Province includes 33 producing fruit farmers'. They sent the first shipment of papaya produced in Costa Rica to Toronto in July 2020.

A loan from the Institute for Rural Development allowed them to have the necessary resources to meet all the expenses involved in exporting, especially in times of the pandemic, according to Carvajal.

The company plans to send more than 68,500 kilos of this fruit per month to Canada, due to infrastructure improvements in the new fruit processing plant, which was inaugurated in October 2019, allowing the packing operation to increase from 125,000 to 200,000 per week.

The new packing plant was built with a total investment of $1,271,546, financed by the Institute and the Ministry of Agriculture.

In addition to giving loans to farmers, the institute is offering donations through the "Impulso Rural" program to support farmers in rural areas. The program donates approximately $8,000 to a farmer. The application process requires applicants to present a plan about how this aid will help them reactivate their businesses.

People interested in more information about the institute farmers aid program should visit the public organization web page.

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