Honduras Prepares to Sell Melon in Chile

Honduran companies and authorities of both countries are agreeing on dates to review and endorse the phytosanitary measures of those interested in exporting the fruit.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

According to the authorities of the National Agricultural Health Service (Senasa) of Honduras, the South American country presented days ago to the World Trade Organization (WTO), the phytosanitary requirements for the import of melon from the Central American country.

Carlos Ferrera, director general of Senasa, explained to Laprensa.hn that "... That's good news, because we already have open markets in Japan, Europe and the United States for this product, and now Chile joins this list of countries that will buy Honduran melon."

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Ferrara added that "... communications are being developed between national plant protection organizations to establish the dates of inspections requested by the exporting company to Senasa, and then the Honduran institution in communication with the Agricultural and Livestock Service of Chile will agree the dates for making the inspections."

Figures from the Central Bank of Honduras show that from January to June of this year, the country sold abroad $111 million for melons and watermelons, a figure 54% higher than that reported in 2018.

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