Costa Rican Farmers Strategize Climate Change in 2014

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    The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – The agricultural sector is prepared to assess the strategies that will enable them to face the challenges that climate change will bring to Costa Rica in 2014, local authorities reported.

    In “Perspectives of change and climate variability on agriculture in Costa Rica”, producers and experts discussed about the strategies to be used to combat the effects of climate change.

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    For the Chamber of Agricultural Inputs, organizer of the activity, the importance is based on training, aligning and transmitting information so that producers value the options they can use to confront the situation.

    “Now the main problem is the small amount of water, but this is an issue that concerns all the society, not only the agricultural sector. We must make more effort because we all are affected, not only in terms of investment that farmers make, but also those who consume the products, “expressed the Speaker of the House, Randall Alvarez.

    According to the representative of the National Meteorological Institute, José Alberto Retana, in the long run, for example, the North Pacific will be greatly affected by drought while the south of the country will have to face the complications of excessive rains.

    As for the greater amount of rainfall, the problem is that more fungi develops that destroys plants and harms their productivity.

    While the drought is an issue more complex, as it requires great efforts to save water and some say the best would be to use resistant transgenic seeds, a topic that has been criticized by environmental groups of Costa Rica.

    “Costa Rica has had a delay in the registration of products as insecticides that allow benefits to producers, as well as the incorporation of seeds resistant to the effects of climate change,” mentioned the director of the organization CropLife for Central America and the Caribbean, Martin Zuniga.

    Alvarez said the producers will have to delve into different handlings, designing specific agricultural practices under the conditions of each lot, supported by an agricultural research program.

    Furthermore, the maximization of forages by means of equipment which allow the best use and immediate distribution to the livestock and a process of expertise to produce food for the animals.

    The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

    San Jose, Costa Rica

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