The president of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernandez, is conducting a commercial visit to Spain in search of new alliances for the subtropical sector between the institutes of his country and the Spanish research centers. The president visited the Institute of Subtropical and Mediterranean Hortofruticultura La Mayora CSIC-UMA located in Algarrobo, in the province of Malaga, where he offered collaboration to work together in these fruits' sector.
Through this alliance, he hopes to strengthen the subtropical sector in the Honduras at a scientific and technical level. "I think that businessmen, both Spanish and Honduran, are already seeing possible important alliances on how to improve our economy," said Hernandez, who added that he felt very optimistic and happy after his visit.
The president of Honduras, who was accompanied by the director of the Institute, Enrique Moriones, visited the buildings of the complex and the greenhouses in which experimental crops are carried out.
Juan Orlando Hernandez said they had found a great coincidence in the potential of the avocado, that the country was starting a new stage of massively cultivating this fruit, and that they saw a great window of opportunity in Europe through Spain.
During the visit, the president of Honduras spoke with the technicians and researchers of La Mayora about papaya, as well as other fruits that had the potential to be produced in Central America.
Hernandez, his Minister of Economic Development, Arnaldo Castillo, and the Vice President of International Relations of the CSIC, Elena Dominguez, participated in a blind avocado tasting.
After the tasting of seasonal avocados both institutions exchanged various gifts, including a collection of cherimoya seeds, a gift offered by the CSIC because it is a fruit native to Honduras that is also grown in this area of Malaga.