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United Brands, United Fruit Company, plantation agriculture, Golfito, banana plantations

Some 9.9 percent of Costa Rica’s land area is under cultivation or used for plantation agriculture. Apart from banana plantations, most of the agricultural landholdings are small. Coffee, one of the most valuable crops, is cultivated mainly in the central plateaus. In 2001, 168,000 metric tons of coffee was produced. Bananas are raised in the tropical coastal regions on plantations. In the late 19th and early 20th century a United States firm, the United Fruit Company (now United Brands), opened the largest banana plantation in the world on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica and constructed the ports of Quepos and Golfito as banana-shipping points. Cacao, sugarcane, and pineapples are also raised primarily for export. Corn, rice, vegetables, tobacco, and cotton are generally cultivated throughout the country. In 2001 livestock included 1.4 million cattle, 330,000 hogs, and 114,500 horses.



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United Brands, United Fruit Company, plantation agriculture, Golfito, banana plantations, Cacao, hogs, Bananas, cultivation, sugarcane, tobacco, Corn, rice, livestock, horses, cattle, cotton, vegetables, century, export, world, pineapples

 
 

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