Changes to the EU banana regime could cut the income of Costa Rican producers, a leading group has claimed.
Corbana, the Costa Rican National Banana Corporation representing growers, has expressed fears the changes to EU import regulations could lead to a loss of market share and turnover. Martin Zuniga, director of banana policy, said: “We would prefer the current system to remain. The changes will be a problem and produce less income for our growers.”
He said that over the last 30 years Corbana had worked with the industry and government to ensure the banana industry operated within a framework of sustainability, but the changes could threaten that.
He said Corbana was working with other South American producers to put their views across to Brussels.
It also intended to continue with its campaign to raise the profile of Costa Rican bananas within Europe.