Honduran melon to enter Canda

In the next few days the first delivery of ten containers of quality melons will be made.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

La Prensa.hn reports on its website: "Despite the global crisis, Honduran authorities believe that melon exports will be affected. The announce of the start of melon exports, for the first time to Canada, gives hope to national producers. According to Hector Hernandez, minister of the Secretariat of Agriculture and Livestock, SAG, these began some 10 days ago."

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Honduran Melon Exports Up 18.5%

August 2009

In the 2008/09 harvest, 229.8 million kilograms were exported, 18.5% more than the previous season.

According to data from the Agriculture and Livestock Secretary, known as SAG, these exports meant $40.4 million in income.

"The 18.5% increase in exported volume meant larger income in dollars, helped by a slight price increase, despite the U.S. economic crisis", said a SAG spokesperson in a La Prensa article.

Honduras: $140 million in Melon and Watermelon Exports

March 2009

The country will export about $100 million in melon and $40 million in watermelon to the United States, Europe and Canada, between December 2008 and May 2009.

According to Hondudiario.com, the Minister of Agriculture and Livestock of Honduras, Hector Hernandez, said that the country has surmounted the recommendations of the United States Food and Drug Administration in regards to melon, being able to export to Canada and the United States once again."

Restrictions on Honduran melons lifted

December 2008

The Government confirmed that the US and Europe have suspended the ban that was in place due to suspected salmonella contamination.

The minister of the Secretariat of Agriculture and Livestock, Hector Hernandez, explained that they have already exported five containers of melon to the US.

US reopens market to Honduran melons

September 2008

The US reopened its melon market to the Montelibano Company after their exports were suspended more than five months ago due to suspicion of salmonella.

The Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Hector, Hernandez, explained that "by following the instructions of the FDA" which sent investigators to the farms and installations of Montelibano, the company began to plant new melon plantations for export in December, January, and February.

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