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".
The government is preparing a decree that aims to regulate production and discover how much product is acquired by basic grain traders and where they store it.
The decree, which will come into effect in the month of February, is focused on finding out numbers and details related to the production of maize, sorghum, beans and rice, and companies who market them, who will have to provide information about the entire marketing process, from purchasing the product, its existence, volumes, and information on major retail centers.