Costa Rica’s central bank has banned imports of coconut rice amid rising global demand.
The Central Bank of Costa Rica (CUB) said it had banned all imports of coconuts, the country’s staple food.
The ban applies to rice, beans and lentils.
It comes amid the global shortage of rice, which is used to make coconut rice and coconut milk.
Costa Rica’s population of 1.4 million people relies on coconut crops for about 75% of its calories.
Costan Rica, a Caribbean country that borders Honduras, is a key supplier of coco-beans to the United States.
The embargo was announced by CUB director-general Roberto Cisneros in an official statement.
Cisneros said the move would allow the government to make decisions on the import of coconsuts from coconucurass farms, which are also important to the production of coconut milk in Costa Rican supermarkets.
Costas sugar cane production, one of the world’s biggest, is in decline.