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Honduras: Melon and watermelon exports to USA, EU and Asia total $47 million

Melon and watermelon exports to the US, European and Asian markets amounted $47 million dollars by the end of the third quarter, according to a report issued by the Central Bank of Honduras (BCH).

Honduras has become the leading exporter of watermelons, due to a modernization process that has improved the fruit's quality compared to traditional crops.

The goal is to exceed shipments in 2012, when 5,700 containers were exported with a value of $ 14,000 each.

Honduras also exports this product to France, Holland, Belgium, the UK, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Guatemala.

This agribusiness also generated 25,000 direct and 45,000 indirect jobs in two seasons.

The expectation is that historic harvests will be reached, driven by an agreement between the Senasa and agricultural exporters, which will allow melon farms to have greater phytosanitary surveillance.


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