The certification project—implemented by Wal-Mart Central America’s “Tierra Fértil” program and the “Eda de la Cuenta del MilenioHonduras” program—endeavors to offer technical training to farmers and to implement best practices throughout business activities. On this occasion, eight producers were certified.
According to Laprensahn.com, "With this certificate, producers are complying with a group of standards and technical recommendations that are applicable to production, processing, and the transportation of food. This program is aimed at assuring protections for safety, human health, and the environment."
Honduran producers and manufacturers in the palm oil chain are seeking certification from the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil.
According to an aricle in Laprensa.hn Victor Iscoa, technical secretary of the African Palm Oil Chain at the Secretariat of Agriculture and Livestock (SAG in Spanish), said: "From 2015 we are not going to be able to export oil anywhere unless it meets the parameters.
"Global Gap" and "Fair Trade", are the most required certifications when exporting agricultural products.
From an article by the Costa Rican Foreign Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER):
The most sought after quality seals this year by the major agricultural export markets are Global Gap, which applies to fruits and vegetables, and Fair Trade, which ensures companies are socially responsible, said Armando Bonifaz, specialist in certifications marks and general manager of the certifying entity BCS OKO Garantie.
Tougher competition makes it a requisite to have internationally certified processes and production.
However, certification costs are considerable, and vary depending on the subject, the time required for implementation, and the level of certification.
A local certification alternative for Honduran companies is Quara Group: "established little more than a year ago, it assists the local entrepreneur in getting to know and implement standards in their organizations, which can be certified and recognized by ISO, the International Standards Organization", reported newspaper Laprensahn.com.
The Guatemalan Tourism Institute has launched the quality label "Q" with which companies will be certified on factors such as business management and customer service.
The tourism quality label will be implemented within three to six months, and seeks to help tourists differentiate quality among its competitors, improve product image and the level of customer satisfaction by continued compliance with quality standards.
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