The announcement was made by Social Development Minister, Hilda Hernandez.
The first stage will benefit 400,000 children, but there is a search for funds in order to expand, added the minister.
"The initiative requires that all milk consumed in this program must be from Honduras, it is not allowed to use powder milk to make it into liquid, as an encouragement to the small producer," published Latribuna.hn.
In the short term, authorities will publish the bidding rules for supplying milk to feeding children at the country’s public schools.
The contract, valued at $8 million, comprises supplying 10 million liters of milk.
“Leopoldo Durán, president of the Honduran National Federation of Farmers and Breeders, assured that the process is well underway, and expected the bidding to start in a couple of months”, noted Elheraldo.hn.
Milk producers in Aguán Valley, with the support of BANADESA and the Agriculture Secretariat are seeking to industrialize.
The web portal Laprensahn.com published: "To make this initiative a reality which would generate employment in the Aguán Valley, milk producers from this municipality have met with producers in the department of Colón as well as representatives from the Tocoa Chamber of Commerce several times to refine the details of what would be the processing plant."
A Honduran delegation will meet with the Salvadoran Agricultural minister next week to find a definitive solution to the problem.
Jacobo Regalado Weinzemblut, Honduras’ Agriculture minister, remarked that they will do all they can to solve the problem via bilateral talks, but warned that if these fail, they will take legal action against El Salvador at the Central American Court of Justice.
The measure is being considered due to a reduction of 400,000 liters in domestic production.
"We have had reports from artisanal and industrial sectors that there is less milk available in the country and therefore may have to authorize an importation to cover the shortfall in domestic production," stated Agriculture Secretary Jacobo Regalado.
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