Four months after tropical storms Eta and Iota swept through the banana plantations in northern Honduras, independent banana producers still haven't been able to resume their export activity. According to estimates, since November 2020, producers stopped sending fruit worth around 350 million dollars abroad.
The representative of the independent producers, Hector Castro, said that they were at a standstill: "The independent sector is not exporting and the transnational company is at a minimum because it was also affected by the floods." There were no exports in this area in the first quarter of the year, he stated. "One represents more than 700 million dollars a year and the other around 550 million dollars," Castro added.
"At least a third of this sum was not exported, which means there will be less foreign currency at the end of the year," the producer said.