Palm oil plantations

In many areas in Southern Costa Rica where banana used to be cultivated, african palm has taken over. Palma Tica (Grupo Numar) owns some 35,000 hectares, the farmers united in COOPEAGROPAL some 10,000 hectares. The total area planted with oil palm in the south-western zone is now approximately 60,000 hectares.

new palm oil extraction plant near Rio Claro
transport from plantation La Gamba
harvested bunches transported to plant
palm oil trees poisoned for planting new trees

Palm oil plantations have the following environmental and other adverse impacts:

Oil palm planted at banks of rio Esquinas