Tropical depression Eta did not cause significant losses to Honduras' citrus production, but it generated serious problems in marketing the fruit, stated Rene Bendaña, a producer and exporter of citrus.
"Due to the nature of their cultivation, citrus farms, including orange, lemon, and mandarin, can withstand a lot of water. The problem is that the road infrastructure was severely damaged so producers can move their harvest. Buyers can't get to the farms, many of which are flooded, and farmers have been unable to market their products,” he added.
According to the producer, citrus trees support a lot of humidity. "The problem is that the waters carried away irrigation systems, orange trees, and other fruit trees."
"The worst thing is that another storm is on its way (Iota). Producers are still affected by Eta and have not gone back to work. There are no cutters nor fertilizers," he lamented.
According to Bendaña, this has generated a chain reaction that affected citrus and most of the crops in Honduras. "Fortunately, citrus farming isn't completely lost. We have the opportunity to recover the farms in order to continue cultivating for the good of the Honduran people," he concluded.