The Department for International Trade (DIT) organised a virtual workshop to explore opportunities in Agricultural Technology in Costa Rica last week.
The Department worked alongside the British-Costa Rican Chamber of Commerce and the Costa Rican Chamber of Agriculture.
The event, “Costa Rica: Opportunities in Agri-Tech” offered an exclusive opportunity for participants to learn about Costa Rica’s current initiatives to increase the productivity of the agriculture and fisheries sectors, and the specific opportunities available for UK companies.
British Ambassador to Costa Rica, Ross Denny, welcomed participants to the workshop, highlighting that: "The UK has one of the most highly regarded agricultural technology sectors in the world. Its fully integrated agricultural supply chain, combined with world-class scientific advances and the country’s natural vibrant business environment, make it an excellent match for Costa Rica’s growing Agritech sector. The UK has pioneered new approaches to farming in areas such as animal science, plant genetics and reproduction, as well as precision agriculture.
"There are many global challenges that affect food production in the present day, such as climate change and labour availability, so I am proud that the UK agriculture sector has shown remarkable resilience to the challenges of the current pandemic."
Costa Rica’s acting Minister for Foreign Trade, Mr. Duayner Salas, opened the event with an overview of Descubre, Costa Rica’s programme to strengthen and diversify agricultural production, letting UK companies know more about market needs in areas such as land preparation and crop care, precision farming, seed genetics and smart greenhouses.
The webinar was part of an ongoing effort from DIT Costa Rica to promote knowledge transfer and the incorporation of new technologies from the UK into Costa Rica.