The president of the Association of Independent Banana Growers of Honduras, Hector Castro, stated that banana exports were forging their way in northern European markets, such as Ukraine and Russia, which make direct purchases.
Castro said the banana business improves in the first half of the year because the US and European consumer markets have a high demand.
He also said that banana prices were currently good in the international market.
He added that bananas are an industry that generates a lot of employment. "Honduras is very much associated with the history of bananas and today there are bigger players in the banana buying area, because its no longer just the traditional transnationals, as there are actors from the northern part of Europe, such as Ukraine and Russia, that are buying the product directly," he said.
"We believe that the country should somehow focus on this activity as the banana is the second generator of foreign exchange, after coffee, and remains steady with a relatively small cultivated area that generates foreign exchange and employment in Honduras."
Honduras has some 15 thousand hectares cultivated with bananas that generate more than 500 million dollars in foreign currency, he added.
"The other crops that have more hectares, do not generate the foreign currency that the banana generates, so we must pay attention to these figures. In its golden era the banana generated much wealth to the country and a thriving economy generating work and a country approach," he said.
He also said that Honduras was the third biggest exporter of bananas in Central America, after Guatemala and Costa Rica.
Annually, the country exports 30 million boxes of bananas. According to estimates, the country produces two thousand boxes per hectare, he said.