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Honduras: Orange exports on the rise

Honduras is becoming Central America's largest citrus producer and exporter. Its oranges, grapefruit and lemons are consumed in Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua.

About 600 truckloads of oranges from the Lower Aguán and Sonaguera, in the department of Colón, and several communities in the department of Cortés, are shipped every month to be sold in the markets of neighbouring countries.

The deputy technical director of Plant Protection of the National Agricultural Health Service (SENASA), Edgar Santamaría, said that Honduran citrus fruits are highly appreciated in the region.

He said that Honduran oranges are of excellent quality, and this yields great results to producers devoted to the crop in the north of the country.

He explained that in addition to fresh oranges, the country also exports orange concentrate to a variety of countries and several islands in the Caribbean. This is manufactured at the Cofrutco Plant, which receives support from the Secretariat of Agriculture and Livestock (SAG).

Santamaria said that despite the phytosanitary problems in the world, the production and export of citrus can still offer great opportunities to Honduran producers.

"It is important for us to continue promoting the planting and export of citrus; our role, as SAG, is to assist producers in the opening of new markets and in overcoming phytosanitary barriers, so we encourage all growers to continue producing," he stated.

Besides the shipment of oranges within the region, now the possibility also exists to export lemons to the U.S. market, but producers must first meet certain phytosanitary standards.

"Lemon producers and exporters interested in the U.S. market should contact SENASA, which will provide them with the necessary advice to be able to access this new market," he said.

Source: La Tribuna

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