The National Pitahaya Plan has transformed the lives of 2,000 producers in the Dry Corridor with 95.45 registered hectares and 300,000 cuttings of pitahaya that have been distributed by the Family Agriculture Unit of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (SAG) from 2019 to date.
After decades of losing everything, producers from the Dry Corridor now successfully produce products all year-round, harvesting up to 25.7 million pounds of fruit and vegetables a month, thanks to government support.
In less than eight years, more than 6,634 million lempiras from national and external funds have been invested in the ComRural I and II projects, the Alliance for the Dry Corridor (ACS) and ACS-Prosasur, the Comprehensive Rural Development and Productivity Project (PIDRP), and the construction of water harvesters.
As a result of the successful production in the Dry Corridor, the Government -through the SAG- is committed to the cultivation of pitahaya, especially for its nutritional properties, its high commercial value, and its high capacity to adapt to climate change.
The government's goal is to convert Honduras into a leading country in the export of this exotic fruit in a short time.
The distribution of pitahaya cuttings in 2019 and 2020 generated high interest among producers of this crop, which in turn led to the promotion of the National Pitahaya Plan.
The plan seeks to standardize soil preparation, crop management, and postharvest practices to ensure uniform practices that follow high-quality standards to produce a product for the local and international markets. Another goal is to enhance the technical capacities of producers by providing them with technical assistance from a team of specialists in the cultivation of Pitahaya from SAG-DICTA, the Family Agriculture Unit of the Secretariat of Agriculture and Livestock, and the Municipal Programs to Support Family Farming.
181 new family producers of pitahaya have been identified in 10 municipalities in three departments (Choluteca, Cortes, and Intibuca) to make model plots with the aim of transferring the knowledge acquired to new and future producers of this crop.