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Costa Rica may end ban on Mexican avocado imports by midyear

Staff Writer |
The Agriculture and Livestock Ministry (MAG) in Costa Rica confirmed that its officials are engaged in a negotiation process to sign a bilateral agreement with Mexico to renew the import of avocados, a very popular food in Tico homes and restaurants.

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Officials are currently drafting technical and legal aspects of a protocol for the agreement that would end the ban that Costa Rica issued against Hass avocados from Mexico and eight other countries on May 5, 2015.

The ministry said in a news release that the new protocol would allow it to negotiate renewed imports from Mexico by midyear.

The ban has prompted shortages at different periods, and retail prices of Hass avocados have almost doubled just one year after the ban.

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