Producers in Honduras have denounced the existence of an alleged trade triangulation in which Guatemalan companies are importing shrimp from Ecuador to then export them to Mexico.
This commercial triangulation, according to the National Aquaculture Association of Honduras (Andah), creates unfair competition and affects the performance of local industry, and could even be one reason behind the decline in product prices. The Andah has requested the intervention of the national government to take steps to solve the problem.
In Honduras shrimp producers may use landconcessions granted by the State as collateral for loans to banks and financial institutions.
As part of the law to strengthen shrimp farming, there is a now a new legal instrument which will allow producers to use concession contracts awarded by the State as collateral for loans from financial institutions, whether they be national or international.
After four months of suspension of fishing for spiny lobster in the countries of the region and in the Dominican Republic, fishing can resume from 1 July.
According to Rene Gutierrez, chief of the Directorate of Fisheries and Aquaculture at the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (SAG) of Honduras, starting from now "fishermen from across the region can go out to fish" in the Caribbean.
Beef and chicken, eggs, orange juice concentrate, palm oil, beans, coffee and corn flour, are the products that Honduras will export to Venezuela as payment for the oil it will receive from the country.
This December the first 2,500 cultured octopuses will be exported to Japan with a unit price of $5.
According to Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Livestock of Honduras, Juan Carlos Ordóñez, "the octopus farming project started two years ago with 200 who passed through different phases with positive results, managing to adapt to the climatic conditions and the country's water ".
The measure is being considered due to a reduction of 400,000 liters in domestic production.
"We have had reports from artisanal and industrial sectors that there is less milk available in the country and therefore may have to authorize an importation to cover the shortfall in domestic production," stated Agriculture Secretary Jacobo Regalado.
Honduras has accused the Salvadoran agricultural industry of exporting rice purchased from the US.
The head of the Honduran state's farming council (SAG), Jacobo Regalado Weizemblut, stated on the organization's web portal that measures are already being taken to prevent the triangular trade in rice from the US via El Salvador to Honduras.
Authorities from both countries have signed an agreement to put an end to the dispute over dairy exports from Honduras to El Salvador.
The agreement will mean the opening up of borders and acknowledgement of Central American technical regulations. Implementation will be immediate so that trade can go back to normal.
“Salvadoran authorities had restricted exports from Honduras for approximately one year,” reports Tiempo.hn. “Milk and its derivatives were particularly affected, with even tighter restrictions in the last six months, in retaliation for Honduras limiting imports of eggs from El Salvador as a measure to control the spread of swine flu”.
The Honduran Industrial Association (ANDI) has requested the government get involved to solve the dairy conflict with El Salvador.
García Merino, ANDI director, told La Tribuna that, "we believe the integration process should be fluid, transparent and quick. This issue has come about because the documents needed to ratify the process have still not been signed, leading to delays in the ratification of the Unified Customs system. This system is needed to enable the free movement of people, goods and services".