Four mega-greenhouses to produce Hass and Haitian avocado will be installed in the country with the collaboration of the Secretariat of Agriculture and Livestock (SAG) and the government of Taiwan.
Edmundo Suazo, the president of the National Association of Producers of Avocado, said that the project would be developed in Choluteca, La Ceiba, Comayagua, and La Esperanza (where it has already been installed).
The mega-greenhouse of Comayagua will be ready in June, so we hope to supply the needs for plant production and propagation for the central region of Honduras, he added.
The objective is to train producers in the cultivation of the two avocado species, especially the Hass or Mexican avocado, he added.
He acknowledged that avocado production in Comayagua is currently limited to about 40 hectares of Hass avocado, apart from the Haitian variety, which is traditional in this area.
He also said that last year the production of Haitian avocado exceeded 10 million pounds and that they had produced five million pounds of Hass avocado, which helped decreased imports of that fruit from Mexico and Guatemala, mainly.
"We hope that, in the course of this year, we will improve our production, as we have already lowered imports by 2 million dollars," he added.
In 2016, the country imported 11 million dollars worth of avocados, and in 2018 this number decreased to 9 million dollars, he said.
"This is very positive data for the country's economy and for improving the agricultural food security of the entire Honduran people," he stated.