102,000,000 boxes of bananas:

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Costa Rican banana exports will increase by 13.5 million 18.14-kilo (40-lb.) boxes this year – 2006. Sources at the National Banana Grower Association (CORBANA in Spanish) asserted that a marked recovery in production accounts for this increase.

Between 1998 and 2005, Costa Rican growers had staggered under marketing and weather problems which resulted in a marked drop in production.

Now, the recovery will take the overall number of exported boxes to 102.1 million – from 88.6 million in the preceding period – and it will mean an additional $77 million in the overall sales, which were at $451 million as of last September and are expected to reach some $580 million by the end of the year, barring a natural disaster or a thing of that type that would stem the boost.

To watch this short Costa Rica video about bananas, please click on the small black triangular Play button below.

Before the arrival of technology sales by Intel, bananas had been Costa Rica’s leading export; then they lost even the second spot, surpassed by textiles, which are again currently in a third position.

The folk music to this video was provided by our friend Mauricio Penagos. To enjoy Mauricio’s music or his wonderful Costa Rica DVD tour in your own home, please visit Costa Rica “Must Have” Folk Music Classics and DVD Tour here.

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