If the proposal by Costa Rica's Frente Amplio party , Broad Front, proves successful, each crate of exported pineapples will be subject to a tax of 540 Costa Rican colones in accordance with the exchange rate set by the Central Bank of Costa Rica.
Local councils will be responsible for investing the income generated into environmental protection and education, targeted at the areas where pineapple plantations are located.
The draft bill was put forward by the parliamentary representative Eduardo Araya, who highlighted the great benefits enjoyed by the pineapple industry, and argued that therefore, ‘the time has come for the country to benefit’.
The legislator pointed out that the increased concentration on a single crop has caused water pollution in El Cairo in Siquerres, although there has been no reaction from the health authorities.
In addition, along with residents of the affected areas he stated that he had requested the Minister for the Environment, Edgar Gutiérrez, to declare a five-year moratorium on pineapple production