The union of producers has estimated crop production for 2016/17 at 12 million hundredweight, slightly above the results seen in the previous season.
Of the total that the Association of Sugar Producers of Honduras (APAH) estimates will be produced, 70% will go to the local market, and the remaining 30% will be for export, from which it is expected that $100 million will be earned.
Due to the effects of drought, the sugar guild has projected that it will not reach the production target of 12 million hundredweight scheduled for the 2015-16 harvest.
Added to adverse climate effects which will result in a reduction of at least 700 million hundredweight in the harvest that has just begun, are the unfavorable international prices of grain, which have maintained a downward trend in recent months.
Industrialists are warning that the 2013-2014 harvest losses could exceed current projections of 600 million hundredweight.
The reduction in purchase volume in the north of the country has caused alarm in the industry which believes that the product is coming in through the border with Guatemala and being sold mainly in Cortés and Santa Barbara.
A new biofuelslaw pending publication includes price incentives and blending gasoline with 5% ethanol.
In addition to price parity with traditional gasoline, the amendment to the Law for Biofuel Production and Consumption includes other incentives related to the availability of specific land for cultivation of oil palm and sugarcane.
Africa and Taiwan are two of the new destinations where 200,000 quintals from the 2014 harvest will be exported.
The eight sugar mills operating in Honduras expect to export 200,000 of the 12 million quintals to be produced during the 2013-14 harvest which began in November. "This figure is in addition to the quota exported to the European Union as part of the Association Agreement with the bloc, which came into force in August," noted an article in Laprensa.hn.
It has been announced that the planned investments in sugar establishments to build power plants based on bagasse have been halted because lack of legal certainty.
An article in Proceso.hn reports that the executive director of the Honduran Association of Sugar Producers (APAH), Carlos Melara, declared that "sugar mills have stopped investment of about 30 million in renewable energy generation."
Sugar producers in Honduras are ready to export 20,000 tons to Mexico, once the Free Trade agreement has been ratified.
An article in Latribuna.hn reports on an announcement made "by the executive director of the Association of Sugar Producers of Honduras (APAH), Carlos Melara, after mentioning that the FTA will take effect before the end of this year. Melara explained that sugar is not currently being sold to Mexico because Honduras was excluded as a sector in the agreement that was negotiated a decade ago. "
Sugar producers are demanding respect for legitimate ownership of 10,000 hectares of plantations and mills currently under dispute.
The Association of Sugar Producers of Honduras (APAH) is demanding respect for the legitimacy of the possessions of mill owners and independent growers in light of the situation where 10,000 hectares of various properties are subject to litigation. "... concerns are being raised over the fact that the argument over the agrarian ceilings are leaving in question the legitimacy of private property."