Guanacastecan producers will need to get in gear if they want to be part of the Chorotega Market since, to have a spot there, they should form alliances to be able to offer high levels of production and competitiveness.
Sayra Quesada, from the Executive Projects Unit of the Integral Agricultural Marketing Program (PIMA- Programa Integral de Mercadeo Agropecuario) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG- Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganaderia), explained that, being a wholesale market, those who want to sell there need to guarantee that they are strong, well-managed organizations that can continuously produce large quantities.
PIMA will be in charge of managing this market and is preparing use regulations that establish that priority will be given to producers from Guanacaste, Upala, Lepanto, Paquera and Cóbano. However, if necessary to make the market successful, producers from adjacent areas might be taken into account.
To aspire to be part of this project, organizations must have a legal identity (cedula juridica), a billing system, health permits, a business license from the corresponding municipality, a food handler certificate and a commercial premises use right granted by PIMA.
The Chorotega Market will cost $52 million, financed by the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE- Banco Centroamericano de Integracion Economica) and is in the bidding stage to contract the construction company and inspection professionals, a process that could take about three months.
The project will be built in the La Cascada settlement in Sardinal of Carrillo, Guanacaste, in a 50,800-square-meter (546,806-square-feet) space with capacity for up to 36 fruit and vegetable stores, 16 grain stores, seven cooling chambers and two freezing tunnels, in addition to administrative offices with a computer center that the different organizations can operate.