Honduran press learns about the advances of the Millennium Challenge Account Program
Attendees to the workshop included Mr. Héctor Hernández, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of Honduras, and his Institutional Communication Team
Tegucigalpa.- Executives of the Millennium Challenge Account – Honduras recently held an informative meeting with local journalists who cover information of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of Honduras (SAG).
Attendees included the Minister of SAG, Mr. Héctor Hernández, representatives of the Millennium Challenge Account – Honduras, the work team of the Institutional Communication Area of the Ministry of Agriculture, and 13 representatives of national written and radio and TV media.
Minister Héctor Hernández during the presentation to promote the Rural Development Project.
The Executive Director of Millennium Challenge Account – Honduras, Mr. Martín Ochoa, presented the seven components of MCA-Honduras Projects such as: Farmers Training and Development Activity (FTDA); Farmers Access to Credit Activity (FACA); Farms to Markets Roads, and Public Agricultural Goods Grants as part of the Rural Development Project; and Improvement of Highway CA-5 North, Paving of Secondary Roads, and Strengthening of a Weight Control System, as part of the Transportation Project.
Dr. Fredi Arias, Director of Rural Development Project, delivered a detailed and updated presentation regarding current achievements with more than 600 agriculture workers who are changing their traditional farming practices with new technology aimed to introduce new and more cost-effective crops, such as high value vegetables.
Members of the press were informed about the Rural Development Project’s components.
The goal is to provide new opportunities for more than eight thousand farmers through sustainable and profitable agribusiness development, access to credit and technical assistance in management skills and incentives.
Minister Hernández emphasized the importance of these type of events to coordinate programs and efforts with SAG in order to achieve common goals. He shared his concern for the reduction of man power in the country’s rural areas and asked MCA- Honduras to include alternative technologies that could allow the small and middle agricultural producers to reduce their dependency on local man power.
Additionally, Hernández asked for support for the implementation of a well drilling program to facilitate irrigation in communities with access to underground water. In response to this request, MCA-Honduras will be assisting SAG in the definition of a sustainable program, in which beneficiaries will cover the operational cost of the drilling services.