The abrupt climatic changes and atypical winters in Honduras and the region are causing problems in agriculture and a fall in the price of some products internationally. As a result, Honduras is ready to make a great leap forward to implement state of the art agriculture.
The country, through the National Program of Economic Development Honduras 2020, has been betting since 2016 on promoting all productive sectors, reaching important early victories. Following this line of work, the objective of the Government of President Juan Orlando Hernandez can be summarized in two areas: the promotion of investments and the generation of employment.
Honduras has enormous advantages to enhance its agricultural sector, including its strategic position in the tropics, more than 12 hours of sunlight, access to two oceans, modern ports with cargo terminals and that it can arrive to its main consumer market, the United States, in two hours (by air).
In that sense, in the last five years the country has already advanced in new financing schemes for the sector, the construction of large-scale irrigation systems, and first-world technical assistance.
Water harvesters have allowed producer groups to obtain three to five harvest cycles per year, thus helping to improve incomes and reduce irregular migration.
To be more efficient, harvesters must be an integral part of the entire production chain, that is, take care of the tributary, guarantee supply to the lagoon, modernizing the irrigation system and improving crops, guaranteeing a safe market, and finally taking quality food at the lowest price to the table of each Honduran.
The strategy of President Hernandez, who is traveling to Spain to bring the experience of Almería in the production of food with first world techniques, advances on this route.
The country has about 2.7 million hectares of arable land, i.e. 24% of the country's land surface. However, in recent years, despite the efforts made by the Government and private enterprise, Honduran exports have been overtaken by imports.
The Government is working on a plan to reverse this volume of imports, produce 100% of what it consumes and generate surpluses for export.
This would place Honduras as the main exporter of horticultural products in Central America.