For the last month Nicaragua has prevented pepper and tomatoes imports from Honduras.
Edgar Santamaría, National Service of Agricultural Health (SENASA) reported that the government of Nicaragua is denying import permits for tomatoes and peppers due to the presence of a plague called paratriosa.
In coming days, a new industrial food irradiation plant is due to open in the port of Cortés.
Food irradiation provides an efficient method for controlling biological pests without introducing alien substances and thereby helps maintain its quality and prolong its shelflife.
Proceso Digital reports comments from Edgar Santamaría, director of Honduras' National Plant and Animal Health Institute, saying that, "Cortes was chosen as the location for the facilities in order to enable coordination with the port's departure customs office and ensure that any irradiated products do not get recontaminated".
As part of the Agritrade Platform, Guatemala will participate for the 27th time in PMA Fresh Summit, the most important international trade show and convention of fruits and vegetables in the United States, which will take place at Anaheim Convention Center, California from October 17th to 19th.