Nomination of the Director of MCA Honduras
Projects of rural development and highways will receive investments of 215 million dollars from the Millennium Challenge Corporation, a United States Government agency, through MCA-Honduras, whose new director, Martin Ochoa, were sworn in by the President of the Republic Manuel Zelaya Rosales on March 7.
The Engineer Martin Humberto Ochoa replaces the Dr. Danilo Alvarado, both selected after an application process in which more than 40 candidates participated. Ochoa explained that the disbursement of Millennium Challenge Account will be made over five years, of which more than 70 million dollars of support will be provided to small producers, including the provision of loans, and technical assitance in identification of markets and the cultivation of horticultural products of high added value.
The implementation plan also contemplates the improvement of 109 kilometers of Highway CA-5 North, the sections between Tegucigalpa and Villa of San Antonio and the Comayagua-Taulabè section, it also includes the road construction in rural communities, which will improve the conditions for transporting products.
Ochoa indicated that within the planned activities contemplated is funding for small infrastructure (product storage and others) that contribute to increase incomes and reduce poverty. “The Millennium Challenge Account is one part of a wider agenda of the government of Manuel Zelaya Rosales and various donors to support small and large producers"
Taken from Diario Tiempo, Honduras, March 8, 2006.