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Honduras' presidential candidate, Nasry 'Tito' Asfura, supports the country's banana sector

The presidential candidate for the National Party, Nasry "Tito" Asfura, and Ebal Diaz, who is aspiring to represent the department of Francisco Morazan in the Senate, ratified their commitment to continue supporting the productive and agro-industrial banana sector.

The banana sector has been strengthened as a fundamental pillar of the country's economy. Last August, the Government of the Republic signed the National Agreement for a Better Life in this sector, which brings together several productive sectors organized in the country to strengthen technological and economic investment this year.

Asfura met with members of the sector. He was accompanied by candidate Ebal Diaz; the mayor of Santa Rita, Mario Alexis Caballero; Hector Luis Castro, the president of the Associations of National Banana Producers (APROBANA) and of Industrial Oil Producers of Honduras (AHIPA), as well as candidates for deputies of Yoro, Gabriel Ruby, Omar Rivera, Lidia Casco, and Eder Mejia.

More than 12,000 hectares in Honduras are used to produce bananas, 25% of these hectares are owned by independent producers.
In the meeting, the producers spoke about 3 main topics. The first topic was access to credit; not from private banks, but through the cooperative sector. The second topic was the modernization of irrigation of pesticide products and the third topic was the immediate reactivation of the banana sector, one of the sectors that lost millions of dollars due to the Eta and Iota storms. The goal in the short term is to reactivate this important agro-industrial sector.

Candidate Nasry "Tito" Asfura reaffirmed his commitment to continue with the Better Life projects, which benefit many sectors of the country, including the banana sector, which is so important for the country.

The projects' benefits include institutional and union strengthening, modernization of the sector, financing mechanisms such as loans and guarantee funds, incentives, models for promoting and opening markets, productive infrastructure, as well as attention to the families most affected by tropical storms Eta and Iota.

The development of productivity and job creation is a priority, said Asfura. He also said that, if he became the next president of Honduras, he would commit to strengthening this sector that generates employment for many families and is the second source of income, after coffee. According to estimates, the banana sector will generate earnings of more than 650 million dollars in 2021.



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