According to Hector Castro, a Honduran producer, independent producers have reported that the storms Eta and Iota ravaged 2,520 hectares of banana cultivation, a figure that may increase with a better evaluation of damages. The transnational Chiquita reported damages in more than 1,200 hectares of its plantations.
"Not only have we lost crops, but we lost some 5,500 direct jobs and these families will be left without income," said Castro, who stated that the economic losses could amount to about 55 million dollars.
The producer also said that some 153,000 hectares of African palm were flooded, which would impact November's oil production. Castro estimated that the damage on both crops could amount to nearly 73 million dollars.