With a total of $60 million worth of tilapia fillet exported, Honduras has surpassed Ecuador as the largest supplier to the U.S.
Orlando Delgado manager of the company Aqua Finca Saint Peter Fish, said that during the first half of the year export totaled 4.5 million kilos representing an income of $30 million and expectations for this year are close to a historic volume of close to 8 6 million kilos.
In 2010 the country recorded Tilapia sales to the U.S. for 16.5 million pounds, generating $ 50 million in revenues.
Orlando Delgado, General Manager of Aqua Villa, which is dedicated to Tilapia farming, told Latribuna.hn: "This places the country as the number one producer and exporter of fresh tilapia fillets to the United States."
Technical assistance, research, financing, agricultural health and safety are the keys to competitiveness.
Representatives from various Honduran agricultural sectors discussed the importance of agriculture and how to achieve its full potential. The findings were compiled in an article in La Tribuna of Honduras.
Farmers are abandoning corn and sugarcane to grow tilapia, seeking higher returns.
An article by laPrensa.hn reports that tilapia is growing in demand in the Honduran and international markets.
It is reported that the Borbotón farmer’s group "was devoted to planting corn and sugarcane at first, but the profits from such activities did not meet their expectations which is why they began working on a tilapia growing project two years ago.”
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