Meat and Bananas from Honduras Not Going to Europe

Due to lack of product, or because of technical or commercial deficiencies, Honduran banana farmers and are not ready to take advantage of the benefits granted them by the trade agreement with Europe.  

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The livestock sector feels it is at a disadvantage in competing for and meeting demand. According to Gilberto Moreno, director of the Association of Ranchers and Farmers from Sula (Agas) the beef cattle segment, "at the moment is not exporting to Europe because the paperwork is not ready."

"We have no choice but to increase the production of beef cattle and for that the sector is being encouraged, increasing beef cattle fattening," said the official, who requested support from the Government to provide backing to the sector which is facing an alarming reduction in the herd.

However, the situation is even more complex for banana growers, because according to German Zepeda, director of the Coordinator of Banana Unions and Agroindustrialists of Honduras (COSIBAH), "Honduras is not exporting (bananas) to Europe."

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