As of this Tuesday, July 28, coffee joins the list of Costa Rican national symbols, thanks to the signing of Law No. 9815 that declares coffee as the fifteenth national symbol of the country in the economic, social and cultural development of Costa Rica.
The law was sanctioned by the President of the Republic, Carlos Alvarado and the Ministers of Culture and Youth, Sylvie Durán; Agriculture and Livestock, Renato Alvarado; of Education, Guiselle Cruz.
The bill was a proposal of the deputy Wagner Jiménez, where the Ministry of Public Education (MEP) is instructed to include in the corresponding study programs, the coffee of Costa Rica as a national symbol.
The activity, which had all the health protocols, was attended by the president of the Costa Rican Coffee Institute, Luis Román Chacón and virtually, by congressmen Mario Castillo and Wagner Jiménez, as well as the mayors of Dota, Leonardo Chacón ; Tarrazú, Ana Lorena Rovira and León Cortés, Jorge Mora.
In addition, Jeison, Valentina, Dylana, Abigail and Jaime, students from the San Rafael de Dota School, as well as faculty from the educational center and representatives of the coffee sector of that canton who spoke with President Alvarado about the importance of the Law participated.
“On the part of the students who proposed this initiative, today we want to thank the deputies of the Legislative Assembly, as well as the mayor and those who were part of this project. The year before we proposed that coffee be a national symbol. In the Los Santos area, the golden grain represents employment and school supplies. Our coffee is the best in the world, ”said Bianca, a student at the school.
In addition, on Tuesday, the President of the Republic and the Minister of the Minister of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) signed Law 2762 “Creation of the Regime of relations between producers, beneficiaries and exporters of coffee”, which aims to determine a regime fair relationship between coffee producers, beneficiaries and exporters. The legislation declares of public interest that related to the production, processing, marketing, quality and prestige of Costa Rican coffee seeking.
“We know the importance of the productive sector at the moment in terms of reactivation, especially in the hard times that we live as a result of the national emergency. I appreciate this joint work between the Legislative and Executive powers with the private sector to reinforce coffee activity in the country with equity, efficiency and a long-term vision, “said President Alvarado.
These bills are signed at a time when both the Ministry of Labor and Social Security, MAG and ICAFE have called on the population to join the coffee harvesting campaign, which will begin in mid-2015. next August and will run until March 2021. At the moment, more than 17 thousand people have responded to the call made by the institutions in the framework of the national emergency that the country is experiencing due to COVID-19.
The activity benefits 38,804 coffee producing families in the 8 producing regions of the country located in the Central Valley, Tres Ríos, Turrialba, Brunca, Guanacaste, Tarrazú, Orosí and Valle Occidental, which total 93,697 hectares.