Honduras: Negotiations for Duty Free Rice Import

Without the backing of producers, manufacturers are negotiating with the government permission to import 25,000 tonnes of duty free rice.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Although producers claim that local production is enough to meet domestic demand, the industry has asked the government to issue formal authorization before September in order to proceed with the purchase.

The head of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (SAG), Jacobo Paz, told Latribuna.hn that "... they told the producers of the decision, justifying the import as necessary because the domestic industry remains weak, despite having increased in volume, but it is still not able to meet domestic demand. "

"...The official announcement will be made by the Department of Economic Development (SDE), before September, at the end of the deadline for making the request .



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"Regalado urges that the importation process be completed quickly.

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