The government has announced a credit line of $7.4 million for the production of sheep, at an interest rate of 7.25%.
The Ministry of Economic Development (SDE) reported that a credit line of L167 million ($7.4 million) is now available for sheep production. The announcement was confirmed by Arnaldo Castillo, head of the institution, reported Laprensa.hn.
The National Agricultural Development Bank has funds available for food producers.
Jorge Handal, President of the Association of Farmers and Ranchers in Sula, reported that the National Bank for Agricultural Development (Banadesa) has $255 million available in loans for producers, which will be granted with an interest rate of 9%, lower than the market rate.
The Cattlemen's Association is warning that the decline in production could reach up to 50% in the current dry season.
Vice President of the Association of Ranchers and Farmers in Sula (AGAS), Eduardo Gauggel said "... even though in January, in the north western sector, it has been a rainy month ... other parts of the country have seen the absence of rain and that has resulted in a decrease in forage (grass) and a decrease in milkproduction. "
In Honduras, consumers prefer chicken over beef, despite the fact that there is supply and prices have not changed.
In an article in La Prensa, Honduras, the treasurer of the Association of Cattlegrowers of Sula, in Agas, Gilberto Moreno, said that "cattle in Honduras are doing badly" and that "there is no beef consumption; there is enough supply, but no demand. People are not buying it."
A decree that proposes the expropriation of unused farmland in Honduras has come under fire from farmers' leaders who claim it will frighten off potential investors.
Rafel Verdial, a former president of the Sula farmers' association, said the decree clashed with the government's efforts to boost agricultural production. "It going to scare off investors and, without investors, production will drop," Verdial added.
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