Honduran melon and watermelon exports during the first nine months of 2019 amounted to 111.7 million dollars, i.e. nearly 30 million more than the 72 million dollars achieved in 2018.
The regional director of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (SAG), Roberto Paz Bodden, confirmed that this increase was due to the 44.4% increase in prices in the international market and country's 6.9% increase in production, mainly in the regions of Choluteca and Nacaome.
"An additional advantage is that these places are free of the Mediterranean fly, which has allowed opening new markets," he said. Kuwait, Japan, Mexico, and the United States were the main buyers of the fruit were
According to the Central Bank of Honduras (BCH), agricultural product exports up until September amounted to 616.5 million dollars, i.e. 2.4 million higher than in the same period of the previous year. “Melon and watermelon exports generated that increase and amounted to 111.7 million dollars, with an interannual increase of 39.3 million dollars,” the report of the BCH states.