Agribusinesses expect to start exporting Persian lime to the United States in January, which will strengthen the citrus industry, especially in the Atlantic Coastal zone.
"We are going to start exporting Persian lime to the northeast market of the United States," stated Rene Bendaña, an agroindustrial businessman who expects they will send a container to that North American market every fortnight.
This citrus has a good quality and it's well accepted in Spain, Martinique, Guadeloupe, and Curacao (Caribbean) where it competes with strong exporters such as Mexico, Brazil, and Colombia.
"These countries are major exporters of citrus, but the Honduran lime stands out thanks to its quality," said Rene Bendaña.
Lime exports would increase the country's income, as the price per kilo is around 3 dollars.
Honduras has the ideal climate to produce citrus because of its geographical position, however, the main challenge facing producers at the national level are pests and the impact of climate change.
The regional secretary of the National Association of Industrialists (ANDI) for the northern zone, German Perez, recently estimated that the country would export 35 thousand tons of citrus products worth 11 million dollars this year.
This sector depends on the fluctuations of international prices, as well as other goods. There are some 20 thousand hectares of citrus grown in the country, some 18 thousand of which correspond to oranges, 1,200 to limes and tangerines, and the rest to grapefruit.
Oranges are basically exported to the other Central American countries, southern Mexico, and the islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique, the industrialist said. The Dominican Republic also buys a part of the orange production. Honduras also exports concentrates in the order of 75 million lempiras per year.