Banana Cultivation: An important industry in Costa Rica

October 7, 2019

Costa Rican bananas are, together with coffee and cocoa, one of the most important agricultural products for exportation, with an important impact on the economy, culture and national identity.

Costa Rican farmers began growing banana plants in 1878, being Costa Rica the first Central American country to do so. With the final tracks laid for the Atlantic railway by 1890, the industry rapidly grew and continued growing throughout the 20th century as more people discovered this delicious fruit.

Plantations in Costa Rica have designated more than 100,000 acres to its production.

Costa Rica currently exports an average of 100 million boxes of bananas (1.87 metric tons), this is the equivalent to 10% of world exports.

People can take different banana plantations tours in the country to learn more about this industry and its importance for the nation.

An important fact to mention is that the National Banana Corporation (Corbana) received the Carbon Neutral certification from the Institute of Technical Standards of Costa Rica. The institution compromised to reduce and compensate its greenhouse gas emissions to achieve certification.

The Institute also highlighted the importance for the banana industry to assume an environmental commitment, since the activity has an ecological impact in some communities.