22 thousand hectares are devoted to growing palm in the country, and investments of $150 million are planned for maintenance of existing plantations and new ones in the coming years.
The 22 thousand hectares of African palm currently produce 70 thousand tons of crude oil which are destined for local consumption and export. In 2016 the revenue generated from sales abroad totaled $33 million, 13% more than in 2015.
A proposal to remove the ban on cultivation of robusta in the country will be presented on October 8 at the National Coffee Congress for its ratification.
Despite the fact that the international price of this variety is about 40% lower than higher quality varieties such as Arabica coffee, producers in the country are promoting the elimination of Decree 1988 and the re-growing of robusta.
With the aim of replacing imports and reviving areas with low productive development a proposal has been made to lift the ban which has been in force since 1988 and re-grow robusta.
Replacing ever increasing coffee imports with local production, which according to figures from PROCOMER, reached 3500 tons in the first five months of this year, is one of the main motivations of the plan being prepared by producers, exporters and roasters, together with the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock.
The Municipality of Los Chiles, in Alajuela, has suspended for five years the granting of permits for the expansion of pineapple crops.
The City Council agreed to stop issuing permits for the cultivation of pineapple in the canton with the aim of carrying out hydrogeological studies to assess the degree of soil erosion and"... the degree of contamination of water sources in the zone".
After two decades of research, a report by 20 top US scientists has concluded that GM crops are safe for health and the environment.
The largest piece of research on the impact of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) which has been made by the National Academy of Sciences of the United States demolishes myths promoted by environmental organizations by concluding that these crops are no different from others and that there is not a one test that has shown a negative impact on the health of people.
By the end of 2014, 11% of the total land area was cultivated with annual crops, 14% permanent crops, 2% was uncultivated agricultural land, and the rest forest areas, homes and other areas of non-agricultural use.
National Agricultural Survey 2014, National Institute of Statistics:
A decline in international prices and lower productivity of Honduran agribusinesses compared to Asian ones explain the 26% drop in foreign sales to June 2015.
According to local oil palm producers the main reason is the lack of competitiveness of the local palm oil compared to that produced in Asia. They argue that "... 'In Honduras it is difficult for palm agribusiness companies to diversify their products and turn them into finished products'. "
The agricultural chambers in the region are preparing law proposals to be presented in the Central American countries to remove the restrictions on growing GM foods.
Representatives from FECAGRO said the use of agricultural biotechnology allows for improved technology that enables high productivity seeds, reduces agrochemical use, creates more drought-resistant crops that can also be irrigated with salt water and are completely safe for human consumption.
While the Congress of Costa Rica is preparing to vote on a four year moratorium on the cultivation of GM crops, the scientific evidence that they pose no risk to animal or human health is increasing.
The article published in Elfinancierocr.com by Keilor Rojas reports on a study carried out by geneticists at the University of California-Davis that based on "... animal feed data from 1983, about 13 years before the introduction of GM crops, until 2011, " it has been concluded that" ... the performance and health of animals fed on GM crops does not differ from animals fed on non-GM crops."
The idea is to take advantage of the growing consumption of french fries in the country, cultivating varieties suitable for industrial use and then processing them and competing with the 18,000 tons which are imported every year.
The Ministry of Agriculture together with the University of Costa Rica (UCR) and the union of potato farmers are aiming to develop and adapt tuber crops for industrial use, because the variety currently produced is designed for table consumption and not industrial use, therefore they plan to start trying different cultures, which are suitable for undergoing the frying process.
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.
The Farmer Training and Development Program (EDA - Entrenamiento y Desarrollo de Agricultores), aims to increase the productivity, market access and business skills of small- and medium-sized farmers and their employees through technical assistance in the production and marketing of high-value horticultural crops.
Operates in Honduras
Phone: (504) 501 0375 - (504) 9996 9259
METAGRO is a Guatemalan based manufacturer that provides high end solutions of agricultural transport equipment, we are focused on helping customers be more productive as they help to improve the quality of life for people around the world.
Operates in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama
Phone: (502) 2383 2720 - (502) 5595 9953
Agro2 is committed to producing ethanol from cassava and food products for domestic consumption and export through the use of sustainable agriculture practices while serving as a model of agricultural production in the highly degraded Veraguas region of the Republic of Panama.
Operates in Panama
Phone: (507) 3949100
XAGRO (Exportadora Agrícola Nicaragüense S.A.) is a grower, buyer, and exporter of fresh tropical roots, fruits, and coconuts grown in the fertile soils of Nicaragua. Our products are sold to importers, brokers, institutional buyers, food manufactures, and large grocery chains throughout the world. Headquartered in Nueva Guinea, South Caribbean Autonomous Region, sometimes shortened to RACS, or RAAS Nicaragua.
Operates in Nicaragua
Phone: (505) 8993-4549 - (505) 8626-0369